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The term "tree hugger" comes
from the act of hugging trees as a nonviolent method
of protesting their removal. This is historically a
practice associated with environmental activists,
conservationists, or other concerned individuals who
choose to use their bodies as a shield. There are
some who use this label as a derogatory term,
particularly those who reject the idea that trees
and other natural resources are in danger from
over-consumption. Some conservationists, however,
embrace the term, as it is their wish to protect
these resources for future generations and to
preserve nature's fragile balance.
Protecting trees from deforestation is crucial, as
they provide numerous benefits to the environment
and to human and animal life. For trees and forests,
conservation means developing sustainable forestry
practices, laws, and regulations. Efforts should
reduce the annual number of trees that are felled
for their lumber and to create space for farming and
human growth. From this desire to protect the
environment and natural resources comes Earth Day.
Every April, people celebrate the earth by
committing to practices that are environmentally
friendly. For some, this means educating people on
the loss of natural resources and how to conserve
them. Others celebrate Earth Day by actively
planting new trees at home or by joining groups that
plant them at public locations such as parks or
schools. On a daily basis, people can help conserve
the environment by reducing the use of products made
of paper. Reusing or repurposing used items can help
reduce the need to create new things that consume
natural resources. Recycling is also an important
action that people who want to improve their
conservation efforts can take.
Schwietert's Classroom Links: Go
here for a list of middle school educational
links to resources such as Common Core
standards, Amazon TechWize, and other places.
Day Activities: Visit the Orchard
Hill Elementary School website for links to
Earth Day-related events.
Day Activities: Celebrate Earth Day
by searching this Orchard Hill Elementary School
page for age-related activities and information.
Resources: Click this link to go to
a list of Earth Day educational resources.
Butler's Fun Sites: Fans of Earth
Day can find interesting links on Mrs. Butler's
TreeWorks: Links: Click this page
to the Woodland TreeWorks website for links to
tree care associations and societies.
Resources: On this page, arborists
and homeowners can find professional
affiliations and information about trees.
Saver Links: Open this link to the
Rainforest Saver site to find rainforest
resources and links about alley cropping,
rainforest preservation, and tropical
Can Help: People interested in
learning more about tree conservation can click
on this link to visit the 43 Trees website.
Resources: People who visit this
page will find links to design-related
Facts and Climate Change: Visit the
See-Change website for links that help readers
better understand changes to the environment and
Greener Festival: UK Links: On this
page, readers will find links to websites,
guides, and articles that are environmentally
friendly and green.
Electronics: Read this page for
information and links on recycling televisions,
monitors, and other electronics. Visitors to the
site will also find a section on how to reduce,
reuse, and recycle plastics and paper.
Europe's Capital of Culture: Click
this link to the Views on Tourism website to
read about Aarhus being named the European
capital of culture.
Stumps Following Tree Removal:
Remove a tree and read how to grind its stump by
clicking on this link. This page gives readers
things to consider and information on how to
make a stump grinder.
to Start a Tree-Trimming Business:
People considering starting a tree-trimming
business can read this article and take the
questionnaire to determine if it is a good
business choice for them.
Removal: Can I Do it Myself?: Click
this page to read the answer to whether a
property owner can cut down a tree without
Much Does it Cost to Rent a Stump Grinder
After Tree Removal: The average and
additional cost of a stump grinder is outlined
in this article, which also reviews what is
included in the rental.
a Tree: This link opens to an
article that gives readers advice for safely
cutting down trees.
Tree Removal, Man Uses SUV to Remove Stump:
Read this article about a man who attempts to
get rid of a tree stump by pulling it up with
his SUV, then watch the included video.
for Selecting a Tree Contractor
(PDF): Click this link to read advice and
guidelines about hiring an arborist to do tree
management. It also includes a checklist for
hiring tree management contractors.
Removal: North Ridge Estates Superfund Site
(PDF): Visit the Environmental Protection Agency
website for a handout about tree removal at the
North Ridge Estates Superfund Site.
Waste/Tree Removal: Click this link
to read about tree and wood waste removal at the
University of Santa Cruz.
Resources: Forestry: St. Paul,
Minnesota, provides information about tree
management on this urban forestry-related page.
Forestry Compliance: Visit this
website by the city of Fort Worth, Texas, to get
information about tree management within city
limits. There are links to documents pertaining
to compliance and permit applications as well.
Removal Requests: Read about
regulations involving tree removal requests at
the Tewksbury, Massachusetts, town website.
Are Planting Trees of Strength:
Click this link to read about the benefits of
trees. The article discusses the environmental,
personal, and social benefits that trees provide
for a community.
Permit Application: Tree Removal
(PDF): Go here to see an application for tree
management in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Trees for Habitat Management (PDF):
Those who are interested in tree management in
the name of ecological biodiversity will find
this document informative.
Protection in Lake County (PDF):
Residents of Lake County, Florida, who want to
know about tree removal issues on their property
can visit their county government's website for
information. This document talks about
regulations, exemptions, protected trees, and
a Viable Urban Forest: Click this
link to visit a page on the city of Sterling
Heights, Michigan, website about city tree
policies. Tree removal, planting, and
inspections are some of the subjects that it
and Removal Clip Art: Find a
selection of diagrams and illustrations related
to tree management on this page by the
University of South Florida. It covers
ornamental, agricultural, and utilitarian
projects involving pruning, moving, or removing
Management: Learn about tree and
vegetation management on the Indiana government
website. The article talks about hearings and
investigations regarding its practices as well
as new standards.
Removal and Traffic Revision: Visit
Washington State University's website to read a
notice about tree removal activity.
Tree Removal: Go here to read about
tree removal policies in Grafton, Massachusetts.
There are also links to three documents related
to the subject at the bottom.
Removal a Hot Topic in Autumn: Read
about tree removal issues at the Ohio State
University website. It includes a link to an
audio version of the article as well as links to
other articles on the right side.
Removal: Visit the Wesleyan
University website to read about a tree removal
notice. Four ash trees were scheduled for
removal due to poor health.
Trees: Go here to read about a city
of New Orleans project regarding tree
maintenance within city limits. There is an
eight-item FAQ section at the bottom of the
Campus Tree Removal: Read about a
tree removal notice at Grand Valley State
Roots and Sewer Line Intrusion
(PDF): Click this link to read a document about
protecting sewer lines from tree roots. It
explains the problem and offers solutions and
tutorials regarding diagnosing, preventing, and
fixing problems with root intrusions.