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Last fall I posted a photoessay here about Hadwen Arboretum (to save you the trouble of tangling with the search engine, you can find that post here).  To make a long story short, the Hadwen Arboretum was envisioned by it’s benefactor to be a repository of a wide variety of trees and a place of study, owned by Clark University.  Over the past decades, however, the Arboretum has fallen upon hard times while becoming something of an impromptu park not far from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts.  As I wrote, restating the obvious, it’s a lovely spot and deserves care.  That post turned out to be one of my most popular ever.  It also stimulated a number of comments including several from Mr. Greg Doerschler who works at Clark and has worked with several student groups in the past who were interested in doing something for the Arboretum.  Their efforts are obviously continuing to good effect.

I’m very happy to report that a group of interested students and staff from the University are going to be holding a Trail Day at the Hadwen Arboretum on Saturday, April 2, 2011 with the goal of sprucing up the trails that wind through the forest there.  You can read more about the event here.  Those of us who live in the neighborhood owe these folks a debt of gratitude.  This kind of work matters.  I’ve written about environmental issues here on a number of occasions.  I’ve often discussed big picture issues such as global warming and invasive species.  The reality, however, is that critically important environmental concerns are literally visible right before our very eyes every day.  Awareness of and action on those concerns collectively adds up to a better world, you know the whole thinking globally but acting locally concept.  It really does work.

But why, what’s the point?  We walked back through the Hadwen this morning.  It still feels like winter around here, though the snow is rapidly disappearing.  The forest is still dressed for the cold, even though there are buds on the trees.  When the morning light cuts through the forest, revealing stories, shapes and shadows, you know why places like this matter. (Click on the images for a better view.)

Yep, some assistance is in order here.  (Though interestingly, what you see below is called “large woody debris” after a timber cut or harvest.  I’m not sure what the intent was of leaving the debris here, but wild life love this stuff.)

Thanks to Mr. Hadwen and those who have shown an interest in the trees here.

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