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Plant Trees, Grow Customers: Creative Partnerships for Maximum Impact

Want to help the environment while growing your business? We have some creative ideas for you! In our recent blog post on business partnerships, “Businesses Planting Trees”, we outlined a number of ways that businesses can be good neighbors and environmental stewards while building brand awareness.  Every business is unique, and we can help you … Read more

Why Protecting Mature Trees Matters

Part 1: Protecting Mature Trees on Private Forestlands in Whatcom County: Why It’s So Crucial “Instead of being primarily concerned with the effects of habitat on the plants, the influences are the effects of the plants on the habitat.” -Joseph Kittredge, 1948 Across the United States, smaller forests, in the hands of private citizens, have … Read more

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A New Tree Planting Partnership: Collaborating to Boost Climate Benefits!

We have an awesome new tree planting partnership, and we can’t wait to get digging! We’re teaming up with the Lummi Island Heritage Trust to plant trees on 1.2 acres of their Curry Preserve on northeast Lummi Island. Our first collaborative tree planting work party will be held Sunday, March 20, when we’ll plant 400 … Read more

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Businesses Planting Trees: How to Show You Care About More Than Profit

What if you could help your community and the planet while growing customer and employee loyalty? Businesses planting trees reap many rewards: Protect and beautify your community by planting trees locally to mitigate the climate crisis. Show your customers you care about more than just profits. Empower your employees by creating a culture of caring … Read more

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Forest Bathing: A Different Way of Being in the Whatcom Woods

“Forest Bathing” May Not Mean What You Think, But Has Wonderful Benefits I confess, I was skeptical. The term “forest bathing” conjured up images of being cold, wet, and possibly naked in the woods. Actually, the term is a direct, if confusing, translation of the Japanese term “Shinrin Yoku,” the practice of spending time in … Read more

Every Tree Counts!: The Hidden Value of Woodlots in Whatcom County

Isolated woodlots in Whatcom County are less noticed than our larger forests and parks. How are these lands unique and what can be done to preserve them? Although 60% of Whatcom County is forested, the majority of forests are found in the eastern foothills and mountains at high elevations. But in the populated lowlands of … Read more

Trees Have Powerful Needs & Wants: The Hidden Life of Trees

Whatcom Million Trees Project and the Pickford Film Center will show The Hidden Life of Trees as part of City of Bellingham’s ALL IN for Climate Action Week. On September 22 and 25 as in-person showings at the Pickford Film Center, or via virtual streaming on your home screen any time during that same week, … Read more

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How to Increase Urban Trees in Bellingham: Lessons Learned From Friends of Trees

Friends of Trees is a nearby, outstanding example of how planting more urban trees can positively impact our communities. Expanding urban trees is an important complement to reforestation projects if we are to successfully face the climate crisis and build community resilience. As summer heats up, I am relieved by the shade of alders and … Read more

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Reforestation: From Obscurity to Climate Crisis Superhero?

In this blog post, we’ll answer a question that frequently comes up: “Will reforestation solve the climate crisis?” In other words, can reforestation be our #1 Climate Crisis superhero? We’re asked that all the time when we introduce ourselves to individuals, groups, and businesses in Whatcom County. As are many other tree-planting nonprofits on the … Read more