A special kinship is at the heart of Celebration Forest.
It is fitting to say that it all started
with a growing relationship between a child and a tree.
"I was first introduced to "Old Sappy" as a young child.
A neighborhood friend was moving away.
She wanted to ensure that this tall, evergreen friend.
would not be left alone.
Old Sappy and I became fast friends.
Resting in the limbs under the canopy of a Great Tree offers a place of solitude
and foster our deeper connections with the natural world.
This is true and necessary for children and adults alike.
Much of our direct access to nature is quickly disappearing.
The importance of these mature trees and woodlands
is now broadly recognized.
These beings are essential to our own human health and wholeness.
Remembering back on the importance
of this childhood connection,
Rev. Staubitz says "My sense of kinship with "Old Sappy" would prove instrumental to my own spiritual formation and service as an environmental advocate and minister. We stood vigil together through many seasons and my appreciation for trees has grown" over the years".
As a young mother, Lori served as Environmental Education Chair for thSierra Club while living in Arkansas . There she advocated for sustainable harvest practices to help save our National Forests from the ravages of clear cutting.
As a Unitarian Universalist Minister, her advocacy includes
reforestation projects in Guatemala; and establishment of an edible forest garden at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center in the heart of Rochester, New York.
Celebration Forest is her most recent response
to global warming and community health issues.
In Fall 2017 Lori published "Little Nut",
a Celebration Forest Adventure.
This children's book highlights the growing pains and joys of an Acorn
who sprouts into a sapling. Two additional books will follow,
as "Little Nut" grows to "Little Nut Tree"
and later, becomes "Great Tree.
"It is my hope to nurture children's understanding of trees as living beings
and to foster a whole new generation of forest advocates.
Proceeds from the sale of these books ensure
that Celebration Forest can grow and thrive!
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