Fall is finally here, which means the air is crisper, the days are shorter, and the leaves start to change into a myriad of vibrant shades of red and orange. National Fall Foliage Week, which is observed every year on the last Sunday of September, is the perfect time to not only admire these colorful leaves, but the trees that they grow on. Trees improve our daily lives from the furniture we sit and eat on, to the construction of our homes, to the fences that keep our spaces private and secure. Because growing trees take carbon dioxide out of the air and give us oxygen in return, many say trees are the lungs of the earth.
There are lots of ways you and your family can celebrate National Fall Foliage Week. Try making a leaf pile, observing different types of leaves, or collecting some on a nice autumn day.
Or, check out books about trees at the U.S. Government Publishing Office online bookstore. The bookstore offers a number of publications focusing on trees from do-it-yourself publications, such as How to Prune Trees, to publications about monitoring forests like Forest Health Conditions in Alaska and National Individual Tree Species Atlas.
Find more in our Environment & Nature themed collection. As we approach the holidays an insightful resource to ensure the health of your next Christmas tree is the Christmas Tree Pest Manual that outlines how to deal with a number of new pests, many of them found on fir Christmas trees. Written in everyday language, anyone interested in protecting their Christmas tree this year can read it and put it to good use.
Enjoy the beauty of falling leaves this fall. We’ll see you in the midst of our Autumnal bliss!
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