Wood: A Natural Choice

Affordable housing across the nation and in parts of Idaho is at a crisis level. Half of U.S. renters are living paycheck to paycheck because they’re spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing.1 Meanwhile, the U.S. Green Building Council says buildings account for 39 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions per year…

Meet My Friend, Tree

Meet my friend, Tree (Mr. Tree in formal settings). Now Tree isn’t one to brag. He’s more of a strong, silent type. In fact, with all that standing around in the woods, some folks might think he’s kind of lazy. Truth is, Tree and all his buddies are pretty much saving the world. See, carbon…

Do Trees Need People?

The world’s oldest tree, a 9,550 year old spruce, was recently discovered in Sweden.1 This new-found spindly record holder is old even for a tree… right? Perhaps you are asking: How long does a tree live? While there are a few ancient giants (and dwarfs) who have seen humans move from tribal life to the…

The History of Arbor Day

The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska, where a lack of trees led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s. Among pioneers moving ,into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was…

The Art of Will Nelson

You may not be familiar with the name Will Nelson, the famous illustrator behind this year’s beautiful Arbor Day tee shirts and education posters, but it is almost a sure bet that you know his artwork. For the past 50 years, Nelson’s amazing watercolors of fruit, automobiles, airplanes and other items have been turned into…