The Urban Forest Initiative, a working group of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, is partnering with academics, local arborists, community groups, members from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and others to organize Tree Week events.
Urban Forest Initiative (UFI) co-lead, Dr. Mary Arthur of the UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources says, “We hope it will serve to open people’s eyes to the positive connections they have with trees, even as they may not be fully aware of those feelings, and of the myriad ways that trees in our living space improve our lives.”
Since 2014 the Urban Forest Initiative has been working to promote tree health, education and appreciation of the benefits community trees provide. Currently they are working on a tree mapping project conducted by a Collegiate Arborist Team (TreeCats) of undergraduate students engaging with campus and community trees to gain experiential education. UFI is also working on a series of mindfulness tree walks in partnership with UK Integrative Medicine and Health, and development of Tree Campus Toolkits to aid in their outreach to K-12 and post-secondary learners funded by a grant through the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program.
Tree Week events will suit a broad range of interests including many family friendly programs. Some highlights from the schedule include a tree climbing competition, tree plantings, cycling, yoga and tree walks, arts events and family programs. For a more inclusive list of events and sponsors, please visit https://ufi.ca.uky.edu/treeweek2018.