Festival 55: Welcoming the International Year of Forests

Join us at Natures Whispers to kick off 2011 with a forest conservation-themed edition of the Festival of the Trees. This is the U.N. International Year of Forests, and Jasmine challenges us to “raise awareness on [our] blogs, websites, facebook and twitter pages of the threat to Britain’s ancient woodlands and/or other woodlands across the globe that are in need of immediate help. Hands off our Forests!” Some of the bloggers for this theme report on threats to various types of forests, while others describe tree-planting experiments and other efforts to restore the balance. As the title of one blog puts it, “oxygen grows on trees”!

Balancing the more serious posts is the usual mix of whimsy, art, poetry and tree appreciation you’ve come to expect from the Festival of the Trees. We’re grateful to Jasmine for fighting off the flu enough to put this special edition together — the wait only made it better. Go visit.

About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

Posted on January 3, 2011, in Announcements. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi,
    trees were always my favorites, they are silent, they are mighty and beautiful. I will follow your advice and do some postings about trees, especially this year.

    “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”
    Alice Walker

    Regards from Malaysia

  2. I have started a project called “The Tree Year” – check out the page and join – you’re invited!

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