by Beth Buczynski Trees have long been the poster child of those who support environmental protection and conservation. But there is real truth behind their plea to “save the trees.” A new social network called The Grove makes it easy to engage in sustainable living behaviors and protect the nation’s dwindling urban tree canopy. Based on a local model that was extremely successful in the Southeastern U.S., The Grove provides a national community for citizens engaged in preserving and positively contributing to the United States’ urban forest. The site enables members to share their interests, knowledge and experiences in planting trees with other like-minded nature enthusiasts and to document and commemorate life moments online with family, friends and their communities. Trees are one of our most valuable natural resources, with the ability to reduce air pollution, fight the greenhouse effect, conserve water, save energy, reduce soil erosion, increase economic stability, and create wildlife and plant diversity–all without moving an inch! “On The Grove, forestry discussions are open to everyone, from state foresters and non-profits, to corporations and landscape architects, to hobbyists and everyday nature lovers. The Grove fosters communication among these different groups and encourages collaboration under the shared goal of greater environmental awareness and sustainable action,” said Ed Macie, the Southern Region Urban Forestry Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service. Members on The Grove community can join their state group and connect with foresters, arborists and other environmentally conscious citizens in their area. Similar to other social networking sites, members on The Grove can upload pictures, videos and captions of their tree planting experiences, discuss tree-related issues and get updates on local planting events. The Grove also offers a tree match tool to assist members in choosing the right tree to plant their legacy or to commemorate a special event, such as an anniversary, birth, wedding or other life moment. The site also provides general planting information and care tips for those new to planting. To become a member, simply create a profile at From

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