Green Tip: Why Trees Matter
TREES are on the front lines of our changing climate. And when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying, it’s time to pay attention.
WHY TREES MATTER and FRIENDS OF TREES
North America’s ancient alpine bristlecone forests are falling victim to a voracious beetle and an Asian fungus. In Texas, a prolonged drought killed more than five million urban shade trees last year and an additional half-billion trees in parks and forests. In the Amazon, two severe droughts have killed billions more.
The common factor has been hotter, drier weather.
We have underestimated the importance of trees. They are not merely pleasant sources of shade but a potentially major answer to some of our most pressing environmental problems. We take them for granted, but they are a near miracle. In a bit of natural alchemy called photosynthesis, for example, trees turn one of the seemingly most insubstantial things of all — sunlight — into food for insects, wildlife and people, and use it to create shade, beauty and wood for fuel, furniture and homes.
Read more at NYT HERE.
FRIENDS OF TREES
This wonderful organization works to keep us in urban greenery. Don't miss their annual Earth Day Fruit Tree Giveaway and Large Tree Sale at Friends of Trees' office, 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on April 21!
Making a donation for a new fruit tree or buying a yard tree at a discount is a great way to support Friends of Trees while adding flowers, fruit and shade to your home and neighborhood.
More about Friends of Trees HERE.