Hug a Tree:
Conservation and Information

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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.

  • Dr. 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.
  • Earth Day Activities: Visit the Orchard Hill Elementary School website for links to Earth Day-related events.
  • Earth Day Activities: Celebrate Earth Day by searching this Orchard Hill Elementary School page for age-related activities and information.
  • Student Resources: Click this link to go to a list of Earth Day educational resources.
  • Mrs. Butler's Fun Sites: Fans of Earth Day can find interesting links on Mrs. Butler's page.
  • Woodland TreeWorks: Links: Click this page to the Woodland TreeWorks website for links to tree care associations and societies.
  • Arbor Resources: On this page, arborists and homeowners can find professional affiliations and information about trees.
  • Rainforest Saver Links: Open this link to the Rainforest Saver site to find rainforest resources and links about alley cropping, rainforest preservation, and tropical subsistence agriculture.
  • You Can Help: People interested in learning more about tree conservation can click on this link to visit the 43 Trees website.
  • AIGA Resources: People who visit this page will find links to design-related resources.
  • Environmental Facts and Climate Change: Visit the See-Change website for links that help readers better understand changes to the environment and climate.
  • A Greener Festival: UK Links: On this page, readers will find links to websites, guides, and articles that are environmentally friendly and green.
  • Recycling 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.
  • Aarhus 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.
  • Grinding 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.
  • How 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.
  • Tree Removal: Can I Do it Myself?: Click this page to read the answer to whether a property owner can cut down a tree without professional assistance.
  • How 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.
  • Felling a Tree: This link opens to an article that gives readers advice for safely cutting down trees.
  • After 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.
  • Guidelines 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.
  • Tree 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.
  • Wood Waste/Tree Removal: Click this link to read about tree and wood waste removal at the University of Santa Cruz.
  • Natural Resources: Forestry: St. Paul, Minnesota, provides information about tree management on this urban forestry-related page.
  • Urban 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.
  • Tree Removal Requests: Read about regulations involving tree removal requests at the Tewksbury, Massachusetts, town website.
  • Americans 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.
  • Grading/Clearing Permit Application: Tree Removal (PDF): Go here to see an application for tree management in Marlboro, New Jersey.
  • Removing Trees for Habitat Management (PDF): Those who are interested in tree management in the name of ecological biodiversity will find this document informative.
  • Tree 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 other subjects.
  • Maintaining 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 covers.
  • Tree-Trimming 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 trees.
  • Vegetation 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.
  • Tree Removal and Traffic Revision: Visit Washington State University's website to read a notice about tree removal activity.
  • Grafton 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.
  • Tree 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.
  • Tree Removal: Visit the Wesleyan University website to read about a tree removal notice. Four ash trees were scheduled for removal due to poor health.
  • Our 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 page.
  • Allendale Campus Tree Removal: Read about a tree removal notice at Grand Valley State University.
  • Tree 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.

The base of the Stagg tree in the Alder Creek Grove. Located in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sierra Nevada, California.
Credit: Bradluke22 - Public Domain

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