Tech-Friendly: Five tech-friendly ways to celebrate Arbor Day

Paul Gorski
Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Arbor Day 2014 is this Friday, April 25. We are encouraged to plant new trees on Arbor Day and learn more about the importance of trees to a healthy environment. I offer the following five tech-friendly ways to celebrate Arbor Day this year:

1) Visit: offers a guidebook that lists a variety of ideas for personal and group celebrations. Heads up, the guidebook at the link above is a 13 MB PDF.

2) Visit: offers a National Tree Benefit Calculator that will help give you a better idea of the impact of trees to our urban environment.

3) Plant a tree. Need a tree to plant? Contact Frank Schier at

4) Visit and contact your Winnebago County Board member. Tell the county board members to do their jobs and pass the ordinances that support the 2030 Land Use Plan. The 2030 Land Use Plan is the guide that cost taxpayers nearly $300,000 and was designed to promote smart, greener economic growth in Winnebago County. However, the county board has not passed the laws that support the 2030 Plan. The old ordinances encourage poor growth patterns. Your board member will likely tell you that the new ordinances are not ready yet. The ordinances were supposed to be ready in 2010; your county board member should insist that the ordinances be finished and voted on this year.

5) Visit and contact the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District board members. Remind the board members that the primary goal of the forest preserve district is to “preserve our forests,” not clear-cut them and plant grass. Send them the link listed under item 2) above.

Plant a tree, create a healthier environment, and exercise your political rights — that is my kind of Friday.

Paul Gorski ( has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple Iie.

Posted April 23, 2014

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