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Open Books Open Minds - 'Lab Girl' by Hope Jahren

Open Books--Open Minds book of the year 2019/20

Trees - "trying to understand their logic"

 "... I'd been so focused upon what the trees were not doing that I hadn't made any observations of what they were doing. Flowering and fruiting must have taken a backseat to something else that summer, something that I had failed to notice. The trees were always doing something: when I kept this fact placed firmly in front of me, I got closer to making sense of the problem." -- Lab Girl  p.140


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Free Trees!

Free trees available for R.I. residents

From the Providence Journal - Posted Sep 3, 2019 at 11:05 AM   

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the Rhode Island Tree Council and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, will give away 1,000 trees. The effort is part of a program to help Rhode Islanders save energy and lower their utility bills by strategically planting trees on their property.

The Rhode Island Tree Council will provide planting and care instruction to homeowners — as well as guidance on how to maximize energy-savings. The DEM says that a mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs if planted properly.

Anyone interested in a free tree must be a Rhode Island resident, and must register at Early registration is recommended, since the trees usually go fast.

Trees will be distributed at the following dates and times:

-Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly. Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

-R.I. State Parks Headquarters, 1100 Tower Hill Rd., North Kingstown. Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to noon.

-Mt. Hope Farm, 2050 Metacom Ave., Bristol. Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to noon.

-Rhode Island Tree Council Headquarters, 2953 Hartford Ave., Johnston. Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

For questions, call Lou Allard, urban and community forestry program coordinator in the DEM Division of Forest Environment, at (401) 222-2445, ext. 2056; or email