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This Halloween week inspires images of witches weaving spells in the woods and ghostly creatures in the night. Groves and forests have been imagined as places where our ancestors roam, where the trees may reach out to grab you, or where a “Divine Sacred” dwells. The ancient Greeks consecrated “the finest among their trees to some divinity.”
The sacred often takes on spatial form, whether the scale of significance be individual or societal, and is often expressed as place. Lewis Mumford observed in The City in History (1961) that burial grounds, shrines, cairns and other sacred sites (including groves or forests) served as the nuclei of human settlements because they provided cultural magnets and prominent sites to which our nomadic ancestors would return.Read more
For 25 years and counting, Trees Forever has helped thousands of community volunteers, civic leaders, government officials and landowners with local tree-planting projects and initiatives. The organization took its first step when Shannon Ramsay recognized a need. That combined with her ability as an entrepreneur to gather resources and citizen volunteers to plant trees in the Midwest.
Today, Trees Forever works with over 7000 volunteers annually and is a noteworthy model of independent civic initiatives. The organization is a major voice in Midwest local and state government, local corporations, and civic community partnerships. Trees Forever simultaneously supports those who want to take urban forestry into the political arena, those who participate in community plantings, and like-minded urban forestry groups who want to increase their capacity for change.