R 282
2019 -- H 6097
Enacted 05/09/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Carson, Handy, Kislak, Donovan, and Caldwell
Date Introduced: May 09, 2019

     WHEREAS, In 1907, then President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed, "A people without
children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless"; and
     WHEREAS, The celebration of "Tree Week" is to raise awareness and educate residents
on the economic and environmental importance and impact of trees in our State and Worldwide;
     WHEREAS, Trees reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, lower
our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, help manage storm water, and provide
habitat for wildlife; and
     WHEREAS, Trees help fight climate change. Through the natural process of
photosynthesis, trees absorb CO2 and other pollutant particulates, then store the carbon and emit
pure oxygen; and
     WHEREAS, Trees in our towns and cities increase property values, enhance the
economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our communities; and
     WHEREAS, Trees are a renewable resource for providing paper, wood for our homes,
fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products; and
     WHEREAS, Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commemorates "Tree Week" on May 5th through May 11th of
2019; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby affirms the environmental benefits and important role trees play in
our environment and urges all Rhode Islanders to support efforts to protect our trees and
woodlands; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island, Janet L. Coit, Director of Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management, and the RI Tree Council.