21 March, 2024


The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 

Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

The two images above were taken at Hartwick Pines State Park.

Hartwick Pines State Park is a public recreation area covering 9,762 acres in Crawford County near Grayling and Interstate 75 on the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. State of Michigan. 

The state park contains an old-growth forest of white pines and red pines, known as the Hartwick Pines.

From about 1840 to 1900, most of the Michigan forests were cut down for farms and to produce lumber for buildings, ships, and mines. 

Michigan was the nation's leading lumber producer between 1869 and 1900.

Preservation of what exists, and encouraging new forest growth is beneficial in so many ways.

A walk in the woods is always a delight, but a walk in a forest turns that dial up to 11!

We all are thankful for forests.🌲

Also, thanks for the birthday wishes; y'all are fabulous.

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Smudge said...

We didn't know that about the General Forest Assembly, and we think it's very cool. We've still yet to get out & about around here, but dad says he really misses the mega forests around western NC. We love your walk in the woods/walk in the forest thing!

Lynn and Precious said...

I'm sorry to say it's been a decade or more since I've been into Michigan. But I have camped at Hartwick Pines quite a few times on my way North to Boundary Waters. What a beautiful park it is and the trees were huge.

Sandee said...

I love visiting a forest. It's been a while. Need to fix that this year. What wonderful thankful post.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday and rest of the week. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

Eastside Cats said...

If you come back for a visit to our fair state, let me know; there are so many lovely parks to visit.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Eastside Cats,
Well, back home in The Netherlands we would often walk in the forest or bike through it.
Here in the south that is so different and not safe for many reasons. Wish we had that option!
Mariette + Kitties

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

I love walking in wooded areas and forests when I have a chance. So majestic and serene.
The back of our property is wooded and peaceful...we can't even see our neighbors when we are in there...

Catscue Cat Mom said...

I haven't been to a forest in YEARS! I really need to get foresty - thanks for the reminder and Happy Belated B-day!

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

I'm lucky to live surrounded by lots of big forests in Canada!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We have lots of forests and woodland around our area.

Brian's Home Blog said...

I wish we have our forests, they keep getting tore down for housing developments, it''s sady. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Darla M Sands said...

Nature walks are awesome!

messymimi said...

It's joyful to see forests and wild lands being preserved whenever and wherever possible.

John Bellen said...

I haven't been in real woods for far too long, but I love them still.

Ruby Rose and the Big Little Angels 3 said...

I love a walk in the forest