The “Forest of the Future '' collection at Viles Arboretum is a series of tree installations designed to take visitors through an immersive, placed-based journey into Maine’s future woodlands. A whimsical concept, grounded in cutting-edge science which demonstrates many of the practices and technologies that Maine landowners can adopt as our State mobilizes to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This collection will have three planting sites, each of which demonstrates key technologies and tools in our fight against climate change.
Our members are a critical component to the success of the Arboretum. In 2022, over $30,000 was raised through memberships, which helped to support:
- Free, year-round access to our trails and botanical gardens.
- Youth programs and summer camp
- Educational programs and events for adults and children
- Free ski and snowshoe rentals for children
- Interactive and educational exhibits
- Maintenance of dozens of botanical collections
- Development of new climate research project
- Conservation of our natural environment
There is no better way to beat cabin fever than digging out your skis, snowshoes or hiking cleats. As we finally begin to see snow accumulation here in Maine, more people will be seeking opportunities and recreate outdoors. Even on one of the many mild winter days we have experienced this winter when the sun is shining and temperatures hover around 40 degrees, it is important to take safety seriously and be prepared for you activity. While those of you familiar with the Arboretum may not think that there is much risk associated with a hike on the trails, winter elements such as rapidly changing temperatures and weather conditions, ice and snow do create additional risk. While most mishaps for the unprepared at our facility are more likely to experience an uncomfortable situation rather than a life threatening one, there are some simple ways to improve the outcome of an unexpected situation ahead of time.
If you have been in our Visitor Center recently you may have noticed we recently received a generous donation of fall bulbs from a local retailer that wasn't able to sell them. While the best way to a bounty of spring flowers from bulbs such as tulips is to sow them directly in the ground in the fall, past seasons bulbs can still be planted for future blooms in the spring.
We are excited to announce the creation of a new April Break opportunity for youth at Viles Arboretum; The Garden-to-Table Youth Workshop.
A recent study by the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance highlights the economic impact of urban forestry in states across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. It is difficult to calculate the true value of a tree fully, as their impacts extend far beyond the value of their lumber. In urban communities perhaps one of the most valuable services of trees is air quality improvement.
Trees capture and sequester many of the airborne compounds created by burning fossil fuels such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide. By removing these compounds from the air in urban communities, trees are able to reduce some of the health risks associated with poor air quality in urban communities. In Maine, urban forests save approximately 17.57 million dollars per year in air pollution removal and 54.6 million per year in carbon sequestration.