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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why Trees Are Important



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!
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