Earlier this week, I had a posting on the Saratoga Tree Nursery and the kick-off of their seedling sale. That got me to thinking about the importance of trees -- something, sadly, our society doesn't seem to be doing enough of lately.
- Trees clean the air, absorbing nitrous oxides, sulphur oxides, carbon monoxide and ground-level ozone.
- Trees produce oxygen.
- Trees store and "lock up" carbon dioxide, offsetting the accumulation of carbon, helping to mitigate climate change.
- Trees shade and cool in hot weather -- unlike air-conditioning, saving energy.
- Tree roots hold soil together, preventing erosion.
- Forests provide homes to the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
- Trees provide a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment.
- Trees muffle noise in urban environments.
- Trees provide food and have tremendous commercial value from medicine to energy to building materials.
- Trees clean the soil of pollutants (phytoremediation).
- Trees slow storm water runoff.
- Trees act as windbreaks
- And a whole lot more!