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Bald Cypresses, Crescent Lake. Photo credit: Tim Fritz/Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg Sustainability Council Publishes 2017 Calendar – Legendary Trees of St. Petersburg An African Proverb tells us “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now”. Folks who love trees planted many historic and legendary trees around St. Petersburg throughout the last century. The St. Petersburg Sustainability Council has published the Legendary Trees of St. Petersburg Calendar for 2017. This Calendar showcases the spectacular photographs and legends of the some of the most historic, beautiful, and important trees across the City of St. Petersburg. The Council put out a call for submissions of our storied trees, which came in from all parts of the city. We partnered with the Morean Arts Center’s Beth Reynolds and her Photography Club. Her students photographed most of the images used for the calendar, emphasizing the special and varied light at play in trunks and leaves. 6 The Legendary Trees include the Royal Palms of Sunken Gardens, the Charles Oak of Roser Park, the Twin Banyans of Straub Park, Red Mangrove Tunnel of Weedon Island, the Museum of Fine Arts Kapok or “Bombax” tree, and many others. The calendar tells the story of these amazing trees and presents them to the public in an engaging format that can be enjoyed throughout the year, reminding the citizens of St. Petersburg of the importance of trees to the well-being of our city and its neighborhoods. Why Trees? Why Now? The City of St. Petersburg is currently crafting its Climate Action & Resilience Plan. To grow the roots for this initiative, the St. Petersburg Sustainability Council has launched ReTree St. Pete and declared 2017 The Year of the Tree! Communities around the country are engaged in Urban Reforestation, from the urban core, through yards, neighborhoods, parks, and streets. Trees have never been more important. Rising temperatures, rainfall changes and escalating CO2 point to urban reforestation as the low-tech way to cool our homes, reduce our energy use, and provide oxygen. Neighborhoods with a healthy canopy have higher property values, and trees reduce crime while contributing to an increased sense of well-being. ��������������������������������Foundational Awareness of our personal role in adapting and reducing our impacts to climate change; and help citizens answer the question… What can I do? �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (heat and energy-use reduction), mitigation (greenhouse gas and pollutant reduction) and resilience. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Healthy St. Pete project and crime reduction are enhanced by a


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