My blog is named for Mehitable Day, a woman buried in the 1800s behind the Maine farmhouse where I lived as a teenager. Whenever I'd have a day that was especially challenging, eventful, or just plain odd, I'd tell my friends, "I've just had the most Mehitable Day!" And so this blog is where I share the events, discoveries and random musings
of my Mehitable Days. :-)
My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant
Arbor Day, founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, is celebrated in the United States on the last Friday in April. As part of my own Arbor Day celebration, I've gathered a few links that I hope will inspire, inform, entertain, and help you help trees!
Dedicated to planting trees, they inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees through a variety of conservation and education programs.
"Founded in 1972, we envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people. Through mass-media communications, by providing low-cost trees for planting, and by producing high-quality, easy-to-use educational materials, we work to make tree planting and care something in which nearly everyone can be involved. It is our constant goal to expand a person's desire to plant a tree into a lifelong enthusiasm for tree planting and care, and for positive involvement in conservation issues relating to trees."
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an international nonprofit dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. They donate fruit orchards at places such as public schools, city parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.
"Our primary mission is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion fruit trees across the world (approximately 3 for every person alive) and encourage their growth under organic standards. FTPF provides support, resources, and guidance for those interested in planting fruit trees and spearheads a variety of planting programs. These programs are aimed at enriching the environment, providing nutritious food sources for wild and rescued animals, and improving human health by bringing delicious, fresh, locally grown raw fruits and vegetables of the highest quality into the lives of all people.
FTPF also seeks to secure land throughout the world with the sole purpose of restoring native plant ecosystems with an abundance of fruit trees and plants that benefit the surrounding air, water, and soil and provide food sources for wild animals."
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide which catalogs you want (and don't want) to receive, reducing mailbox clutter and trash while helping conserve natural resources. According to the Environmental Defense Paper Calculator, approximately 20 billion catalogs are mailed every year in the US alone (the vast majority unwanted and immediately thrown away), most made from virgin fiber - a waste of millions of trees and other resources. (You can read more about the resources used for catalogs and other junk mail and how to reduce it here and in this post).
"The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices."
Your free daily click helps preserve rainforest habitat.
"The Rainforest Site is dedicated to the preservation of rainforests around the world. Your daily click funds the purchase of rainforest land by The Nature Conservancy, The Rainforest Conservation Fund, World Land Trust-US, and Rainforest2Reef. These organizations work to preserve rainforest land in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and other locations worldwide."
Your free daily click helps save Sweden's old growth forests.
Most of the site is in Swedish, which I can't read, but my understanding is that they protect the forests by raising money through their partners and sponsors with each click and use it to purchase old growth forest land.
A fun trivia game that plants trees! Just register, play the game, learn as you go, and with enough correct answers you help plant trees and save the earth, you superhero, you! (A correct answer = 1 leaf, 12 leaves = 1 branch, 15 branches = 1 tree). Good luck, have fun, and don't be surprised if you become addicted! ;-)
(You can play without registering, but if you register (it's fast and free), your accumulated leaves, branches and trees, along with your other game stats, will be saved and carried over to your next game.)
Maybe after staying in a treehouse, you'll want to live in one, full or part-time. Like environmentalist Peter Bahouth, whobuilt three treehousesin Atlanta (out of mostly salvaged materials) that he named, "Mind," "Body," and "Spirit." Spirit is also his name for the 137-year old Southern shortleaf pine that inspired and anchors the treehouse retreat. See video interviews with him in (and about) his treehouses here:
There are many books and websites about building and living in treehouses, whether you want to build a small one yourself for fun over a weekend or hire a team of professional arborist/architect/treehouse builders to create a much more elaborate one for you! Here are two of my favorite professional treehouse builder website galleries:
make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees
do everything to git attention we do,
except walk? ~Alice Walker, "The Color Purple"~
Japanese Maple and evergreens
Santa Rosa, CA
~Photo by Laloofah, Oct 2007~
If a man walks in the woods for love of them
half of each day,
he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.
But if he spends his days as a speculator,
shearing off those woods
and making the earth bald before her time,
he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
~Henry David Thoreau~
~photographer unknown~ Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ~Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods, 1848~
They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival:
oxygen and books.
~A. Whitney Brown~
The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort,
are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
for when the light comes,
the heart of the people is always right.
"Tree of Life," North Devon England ~photographer unknown~
For more beautiful tree photos, click here. Most of the pictures that are not my own I found there. Unfortunately, no attributions are given, and despite multiple web searches, I could not find who the photographers were. If you know who took any of these unattributed photos, please let me know!
I'd enjoy hearing which quotes or photos you liked best, if you have a favorite tree quote to share, or if there's a particular tree you love most. (I adore all trees, but am especially in love with the Sugar Maple, Quaking Aspen, Weeping Birch, Mountain Ash, Colorado Blue Spruce, and every tree that flowers). :-)
And please stop by for some tree-related fun on my final Arbor Day post tomorrow! :-)