The strong popular response to the growing number of microforest projects in communities from Parrish to Venice continues to present more opportunities for the replacement of inefficient turf grass with high-performance microforests to help improve the quality of our local waterways. Microforests absorb much more stormwater and filter more excess nutrients than turf grass. In addition, people have discovered that they provide new habitat for birds and wildlife displaced by urbanization and offer some great new opportunities to view nature and wildlife.

Microforests are created under the auspices of the Suncoast Urban Reforesters, a partnership that includes the Veterans For Common Sense Fund, Inc, the Sarasota Bay Rotary Club, the Tree Foundation and START. To find out if your community has a good place for a Microforest, contact Dr Charles Reith at charles.c.reith@gmail.com.

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