Reforesting Mount Pleasant and Isabella County
Trees NOW Isabella is operating as a Project Partner of the United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties.
Our first planting, was at Fancher School on October 17, 2020.
You can read the story and view photos here.
When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver,
When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say, “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”
From numerous studies we know that there are many economic and health benefits to dramatically increasing the population of trees in both urban and rural environments; see for example: Alliance for Community Trees documentation at www.ACTrees.org.
Also, there is little doubt that increased carbon capture is another benefit of planting more trees in a habitat that was originally forested. Nia Becker (District Forester of Clare-Gladwin) recently calculated for us that the tree canopy in Mount Pleasant is no more than around 22% – a huge reduction from when the city was first settled.
Trees NOW Isabella was co-founded by
James H. Hageman, PhD Central Michigan University VP Res./Graduate Dean, Retired Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University and David Alm, PhD Lecturer, Department of Biology Central Michigan University