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Walking tour explores the value of trees in urban environments

Healthy Gulf will host a walking tour of Pensacola on May 18 at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Pensacola.

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This tour and discussion will center on the range of environmental and quality-of-life benefits trees bring to the community, including improving water quality and providing shade.

The tour leader, Dr. Mack Thetford, is a University of Florida-Milton horticulture professor. He has spent nearly three decades studying the performance of trees and landscape plantings in communities.

The discussion will also show smartly placed trees in dense urban environments. Dr. Thetford will also demonstrate both good and bad tree plantings that offer lessons for better accommodation of trees as Pensacola grows.

The tour will visit the downtown, Seville, and Aragon neighborhoods and will visit trees ranging in age from one to over one hundred years old.

The tour is free, but registration is required to ensure a quality experience. The tour meeting spot is in a convenient location at the edge of downtown and will be shared upon registration.

To reserve your spot please email christian@healthygulf.org or call (850) 687-9968.

Healthy Gulf is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico and the people and communities along its shores.

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.