6 Tree Facts Every American Should Know

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It’s the Fourth of July! America is known for many things: freedom, baseball, diversity and more. But when you think of America, do you think of trees? You should!

With a vast variety of climates, America offers tree-lovers all kinds to celebrate today. So, in honor of America’s many trees, we bring you 6 fun tree facts to inspire your patriotism.

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1. Did you know that 55% of our population gets their drinking-quality water from forested watersheds? Trees help keep our local water clean and free from pollutants!Read more >>

Planting Fruit Trees in Food Deserts

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The USDA Economic Research Service publishes the Food Environment Atlas to document, county by county throughout the United States, the percentage of households with limited access to grocery stores—and therefore to adequate nutrition. The interactive map aims to provide a spatial overview of communities’ abilities to access healthy food, but, so far, it doesn’t allow users to drill down to the level of neighborhoods.

In Los Angeles County, known “food deserts” include areas of South L.A. and the Northeast San Fernando Valley.… Read more >>

From the Battlefield to Farm Fields

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America needs one million new farmers; returning war veterans need jobs.

Enter Ground Operations, the new documentary that follows vets who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan only to face a daunting transition back to civilian life. As filmmakers Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer show, organic food production is creating a restorative road home. Working with soil, plants, and animals, veterans de-escalate from the high velocity of combat in a revitalizing natural setting. “I realized I could be a nurturer instead of a destroyer, and that was a significant realization for me,” says a Marine.… Read more >>