Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.
The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Rhode Island Christmas tree growers are reporting a profitable year.
There are about 50 Christmas tree growers in Rhode Island.
Eric Wat ne, president of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association said it was his best year ever, with sales rising 20 percent over last year.
The Newport Tree Society has announced a program that will provide homeowners in Newport with trees.
Unlike previous programs, the “Specimen Tree Restoration Program” will provide trees free of cost.
Homeowners who receive trees will be asked to sign a contract promising to take care of the tree.
The Society hopes the program will serve as a model of urban forest management for other cities.