Matthew Boyer, Vice President of Individual Giving

Volunteers joined American Forests, the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Tree Stewards to plant trees along Arlington, Va.'s Bluemont Junction Trail. Photo: Megan Higgs/American Forests

Volunteers joined American Forests, the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Tree Stewards to plant trees along Arlington, Va.’s Bluemont Junction Trail. Photo: Megan Higgs/American Forests

In mid-December, some colleagues and I joined American Forests volunteers to help the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Tree Stewards plant several new trees along the Bluemont Trail in Arlington, Va., as part of our Global ReLeaf program.

The Bluemont Trail and 70-acre Bluemont Park are important recreation areas, where community members can hike, bike, fish, picnic or take advantage of the many courts and fields. The 1.3-mile Bluemont Trail serves as a connection between some of the area’s major hiking and biking paths, giving community members access to more than 50 miles of trails.

This was a wonderful opportunity for American Forests members to not only plant trees that future generations will be able to enjoy, but to also see how some of their generosity to American Forests is invested back into one of their local urban forests. In the coming months, American Forests will alert its members about exciting opportunities to volunteer to plant trees or participate in hikes through forested areas of the country. I hope you come and join us!