God bless you my friend.
There are no words to describe the sorrow in our hearts. Life will not be the same without you Rowan. You were with SoundForest from day one and helped plant over 25,000 trees. Thank you for all of the joy, smiles, and laughter you brought to the world. I will miss having you by my side.
God bless you my friend.
Planted 40 trees in Nashville's Wedgewood Houston Neighborhood. These trees will grow to help shade the west side of homes from the setting sun and lower energy bills, shade sidewalks for pedestrians, and create a buffer between cars and pedestrians. Traffic calming trees help to slow traffic, lower the heart rate of drivers, and beautify the neighborhood! Pictured here is Tree Catalog: 25, 841
The last couple of weeks we have focused on planting "traffic calming" street trees. We planted in Wedgewood-Houston, East Nashville, 12 South, and Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhoods. We're excited for these trees to take root and take to the sky!
Each year as the trees grow, the benefits the trees provide will grow. These trees will help provide the following benefits:
1. Create safer walking environments - By forming and framing visual walls and providing distinct edges to sidewalks so that motorists better distinguish between their environment and one shared with people. If a motorist were to significantly err in their urban driving task, street trees help deflect or fully stop the motorist from taking a human life
2. Rain, sun, heat and skin protection - For light or moderate rains, pedestrians find less need for rain protection. In cities with good tree coverage there is less need for chemical sun blocking agents. Temperature differentials fall 5 to 15 degrees and are felt when walking under tree canopied streets.
3. Reduced harm from tailpipe emissions - Automobile and truck exhaust is a major public health concern and contains significant pollutants, including carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). Tailpipe emissions are adding to asthma, ozone and other health impacts. Impacts are reduced significantly from proximity to trees.
4. Gas transformation efficiency - Trees in street proximity absorb 9 times more pollutants than more distant trees, converting harmful gasses back into oxygen and other useful and natural gasses.
5. Lower urban air temperatures - A properly shaded neighborhood, mostly from urban street trees, can reduce energy bills for a household from 15-35% lowering energy costs to homeowners and consumers by shading homes from setting sun.
6. Time in travel perception- Other research and observations confirm that motorists perceive the time it takes to get through treed versus non-treed environments has a significant differential. A treeless environment trip is perceived to be longer than one that is treed (Walter Kulash, P.E.; speech circa 1994, Glatting Jackson).
7. Reduced road rage incidents - Although this may at first seem a stretch, there is strong, compelling research that motorist road rage is less in green urban versus stark suburban areas. Trees and aesthetics, which are known to reduce blood pressure, may handle some of this calming effect.
8. Longer pavement life - Studies conducted in a variety of California environments show that the shade of urban street trees can add from 40- 60% more life to costly asphalt. This factor is based on reduced daily heating and cooling (expansion/ contraction) of asphalt. As peak oil pricing increases roadway overlays, this will become a significant cost reduction to maintaining a more affordable roadway system.
9. Increased security - Trees create more pleasant walking environments, bringing about increased walking, talking, pride, care of place, association and therefore actual ownership and surveillance of homes, blocks, neighborhoods plazas, businesses and other civic spaces.
10. Connection to nature and the human senses - Urban street trees provide a canopy, root structure and setting for important insect and bacterial life below the surface. They act as essential lofty environments for song birds, seeds, nuts, squirrels and other urban life. We will most likely never see any advertisement for a marketed urban product, including cars, to be featured without street trees making the ultimate dominant, bold visual statement about place.
Blackstone Brewing Co. Partners with SoundForest.org to release BlackForest Black Kölsch - Beer That Plants Trees!
Blackstone Brewing Co. and SoundForest.org Collaboration Brew
Set forth from the dark forest floor, this beer emanates from rich German brewing traditions. Black Forest Black Kölsch is a variation of the traditional German Kölsch style. Black Forest is made with German Malts and Noble Hops. The beer pours nearly black in color with an airy light tan head and good lacing. The subtle nose exposes roasted malt and hints of brown sugar. The initial palate is smooth with a slight linger of bitterness which finishes dry. While dark in color, thanks to the dark roasted malt, this kölsch is light in body with a plenty of carbonation leaving the drinker refreshed and wanting more!
BLACK FOREST combines the names of Blackstone Brewing Co. and SoundForest.org.
Bonus: Every Black Forest pour is helping the Planet. Profits from the beer are donated to SoundForest.org to plant trees locally in Middle Earth Tennessee. Prost!
History: (The long beer drinking version...)
Deep in the Black Forest region of Germany a secret brewing recipe has been hidden for decades. During WWII renowned brewer Joshua Dachkammer from the city of Cologne was forced to go into hiding. He fled south of the Rhine River and took with him his brewing methods to continue working his trade under cover of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). It was forbidden under Kölsch Konvention German Law to brew Kölsch beer outside of the city limits of Köln (Cologne). In order to continue producing his esteemed craft brew he disguised the recipe by adding a special dark roasted malt to the beer thus, making it "black" in color. His beer was now only available on the "Schwarzmarkt" or black market. The result, a new style called Black Kölsch.
The recipe was thought to be lost. Not so! A secret of the Black Forest was recently discovered.
SoundForest.org has partnered with Blackstone Brewing to bring this craft brew to life again. We are introducing the Blackstone and SoundForest collaboration Black Forest black kölsch brew.
Make a Kaiserlich MondWald (Imperial Moon Forest) by adding a shot of Tennessee Moonshine
Added bonus. Every time you order a Black Forest brew you're actually helping plant trees. SoundForest.org is using the profits from this beer to help the environment by planting trees in our restoration projects.
Go ahead, plant a tree... order a Black Forest Beer today!
Might be available at these select establishments:
12 South Taproom
Edley's on 12th
The Filling Station
The Family Wash
ML Rose Charlotte
ML Rose 8th
Whole Foods Green Hills
Whole Foods Cool Springs
SoundForest.org is partnering up with Blackstone Brewing Co. to help make their brewing facility as Earth Friendly as possible. We have plans to make every thing planted on the property edible!
We recently started planting fruit trees to create what we're calling the SoundStone orchard. We hired Willie to bush hog the space that will be our future orchard. We have marked out the spacing and can't wait to get things planted later this fall.
We started by planting Five Pear trees at the entrance and are using money from a donation made by Jack Johnson, All At Once, and the Ohana Foundation to purchase more fruit trees. We have plans to plant 100 trees in the orchard including Pear, Peach, Plum, and Fig. We will also plant blackberry and raspberry rows as well! The 100 trees will produce approximately 17,500 lbs of fruit each year and will yield about 175,000 lbs of fruit in a 10 year span once they get established (That will be 350,000 pounds of food in 20 years!) Not to mention this industrial looking space void of vegetation will look much more beautiful with these flowering trees as we convert it to urban farmland!
As a side note we are also using this space for our composting site. We collect produce drops kitchen prep stations from 10 local restaurants diverting 1000lbs of waste each week and converting it to garden soil. We also collect spent coffee grounds from a coffee shop Frothy Monkey that adds to the compost mix.
SoundForest.org is partnering up with Jack Johnson and the All At Once social action network. We are looking forward to the upcoming show at the Ryman on October 2nd!
Please take a moment to visit All At Once!
Here are some links to check out!
Be Plastic Free
Wanna Help the Planet? Consider what happens to the plastic bags and bottles you use after you're done with them.
All At Once is featuring innovative plastic free initiatives to educate and inspire people to take personal action to reduce the use of single-use disposable plastics. A generation ago, products were packaged in reusable or recyclable materials. Today, plastic pollution is a growing problem with plastic trash from land flowing into our waterways and ending up in our oceans and the marine food web. This page provides resources and tools so that you can educate yourself, choose plastic free alternatives, get involved in clean-up efforts, and support the growing movement to reduce single-use plastics.
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Raised
Nearly $35,000 for Local Bicycling Nonprofits
World-Class Entertainment and Bicycle Love Brought out 5,000 People;
Event Grew by 122% Since Last Year
Ft. Collins, CO, June 27, 2013 – Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised nearly $35,000 for Nashville bicycling nonprofits last Saturday, June 22. About 5,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Centennial Park for the event and 1,200 people participated in the bike parade.
Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. The beneficiaries this year are Sound Forest, (www.soundforest.org), Walk/Bike Nashville (http://www.walkbikenashville.org) and Ride For Reading (http://www.rideforreading.com/?page_id=482).
“Why is Nashville so fortunate to revel in Centennial Park, dancing, singing, riding and drinking? Because New Belgium Brewing wishes to help raise money for local nonprofits to enhance the Nashville bicycle community and help our bike culture grow stronger,” said Thomas Solinsky from SoundForest. “What better way to do this than throw a giant party that is free for all to attend and invite the entire city to join in the fun? The Mayor was there, Robin Williams was there, and everyday people like you and I were there. And everyone walked (or rode) away feeling great about what they saw!”
A highlight of every Tour de Fat stop is the car-for-bike swap where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. Ayzit Doydum is this year’s swapper from Nashville.
“Winning this opportunity to trade in my car for a bike will be a great way for me live how I want: in harmony with nature, my city, and myself,” shared Ayzit. “As far as I'm concerned, this is a win-win-win situation!”
5,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts (up from 2,250 last year), 1,200 participants in the bike parade (up from 750 last year)
Money raised: $34,687
Waste Diversion: 84.07%
Sound Forest, (www.soundforest.org)
Walk/Bike Nashville (http://www.walkbikenashville.org)
Ride For Reading (http://www.rideforreading.com/?page_id=482).
Here Come The Mummies (https://herecomethemummies.com/home)
Rayland Baxter (www.raylandbaxter.com/)
Musician's Corner (http://musicianscornernashville.com)
See www.facebook.com/TourDeFat to follow the 12-city adventure, read the Tour de Fat credo, access schedules, watch videos and submit an entry to swap your gas-guzzler for a fancy new bicycle.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100 percent employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
Come Join us! Get outside and enjoy our loop trail in the heart of Nashville's 12 South and Belmont Hillsboro Neighborhoods. Three miles of off road primitive trail offer you access to open space!
SoundForest.org is working with TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transporation) and Metro to build and maintain our Canopy Park Loop Trail. This 3 mile UrbanActive multi-use primitive trail is located in the heart of Belmont-Hillsoboro and 12 Ave South Neighborhoods. A great spot to workout, enjoy nature, and then relax in the 12 South Business District or Franklin Road's Melrose area. Home to great spots such as Burger Up, Frothy Monkey, Edley's, 12 South Taproom, and much more!
Canopy Park Loop: 3 Mile off road primitive Trail. We have combined a portion of Sevier Park and a portion of TDOT's Land to create a primitive trail for off road trail running, hiking, and meadow biking ( a relaxed form of mountain biking).
Pleasant Meadows Extension: 3 Mile extension loop. Pure goodness. We are working to add 3 more miles to make a 6 mile loop. This will run parallel to the Greenway the city is building along Battlefield.
This trail is currently available for use but we have much work to do! We are raising money to work on a number of much needed projects!
Help us make these improvements! Join SoundForest.org and be a part of the future of a healthier Nashville.
email: email@example.com if you wish to find out more, contribute, or volunteer to maintain this open space!
By Dan Platter
Wanna Help the Planet? Help Plant it!
SOUNDFOREST.ORG has a pointed mission to plant the largest, most appealing and most valuable tree in every location possible. This often means growing hard-to-find native trees not commonly sold in nurseries. Big Box hardware stores (eg. Home Depot - Lowes) often times supply canopy trees with one purpose – to be grown quickly, cheaply and make more money. We believe more thought should go into planting trees!
All of the trees here at Oak Grove either sprouted as volunteers, were purchased in local nurseries, or were collected in nearby woods as acorns. The exception being the “specimens” which were acquired as acorns in California, Oregon, Arkansas, and Tennessee. They were chosen for wildlife value, drought tolerance, fall color, disease resistance, ability to attain great age, and for their grace. We are also planting some trees mirrored in the community as large old trees left over from farming days.
In the past people planted trees that offered the highest value for people yet to live in the future. A few of these can be seen on Courtney Avenue as you drive from here toward McGlaughlin…. you will notice three huge oaks on the left side of the road. They are burr oaks in front of the apartments and then a mighty white oak on the next corner. Rest assured we are planting some of these same tree species along with our magnificent, native, Oregon oaks!
Mexico and the Southeastern United States have the highest oak diversity on the Planet. California and Oregon follow close and share in this diversity, as we have 35 species (not bad for places known for their conifers).
We believe planting trees here on this school is of the highest priority as it is the least likely place to get developed or subdivided in the future, and hence these trees may one day become OLD. One could make a whole day of it walking the grounds of Cambridge or Princeton (or many higher education universities) just for their ancient arboretums. Here in Oak Grove we are focusing on oaks. Oaks and their common companions live to be very old, many hundreds of years, in fact. Oaks have been venerated for eons…. we have a great name for ourselves here in Oak Grove.
Soundforest.org hopes you enjoy your Earth-day.
Remember, Wanna Help the Planet? Help Plant it!
Tree Count: 18,757
Portland OR Director Dan Platter leads riparian restoration planting in Eastern WA on Lord's Creek. Ponderosa Pine, Cottonwood and Black willow were planted to create wildlife habitat, shade the water, and slow erosion. Large barriers were installed to prevent large curious animals from snacking on the tender young sprouts!