According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), we have “a forest health crisis in our state” that is contributing to catastrophic wildfires like the ones we saw last summer.
And while trees are loved by communities and policymakers alike, their health and wellbeing is not guaranteed. In order to guarantee our trees can live long enough to maximize carbon sequestration and provide positive impacts on our ecosystem, we must understand and commit to cultivating second growth environments and better stewardship of trees in our communities.
Tamara Power-Drutis has proposed an Earth Day Northwest 2020 project around the idea that it takes a community to love a tree.
Growing Old will be a six-part podcast series focused on the education and stewardship of our trees. This storytelling initiative will bring together local artists, musicians, environmental justice leaders and natural resource managers who will tell the stories of six old growth trees in Washington State. Each podcast will be accompanied by an original poster and song by local artists.
These stories will highlight the history, needs and opportunities presented by these few remaining old-growth trees.
We are excited to see how the Growing Old project will leverage stories about Washington’s old-growth trees to educate and be a catalyst for action to protect and rehabilitate our natural and build environment.
We will keep you updated as more information on the project is announced!