Trees of Life

If you’re breathing, thank a tree.

Or if you’re see see this beautiful tree picture you may also thank a tree.

Among other things, trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen (actually all plants do this, but I’m talking about trees for now.) All humans take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Recycling the carbon dioxide of humans isn’t the only thing plants do because carbon dioxide is released by lot of things. By now we would have certainly choked ourselves out by now if it weren’t for plants.

For a planting cost of $250-600 (includes first 3 years of maintenance) a single street tree returns over $90,000 of direct benefits (not including aesthetic, social and natural) in the lifetime of the tree, says Dan Burden.

One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, which could meet the annual need of 18 people.

They act as a filter for the air and water in all its forms such as runoff, sewage and just plain ground water. They conserve rainwater and reduce runoff and sediment deposit after storms.

Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

They help clean the soil and prevent erosion because tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil.

They help reduce noise pollution (I will definitely be planting trees all around my house), flash flooding, provide shade and a windbreak.

Large trees are said to prevent crime. This article reports that a 10 percent increase in trees roughly equaled a 12 percent decrease in crime. Trees make a community seem more cared for and the perpetrator will believe they are more likely to get caught.

Trees are vital to sustain every kind of life yet we’re cutting them down without replacing them.

Each year the U.S. plants two and half million acres, which is smaller thank the size of Connecticut. From 2000-2005 we lost six percent of forests at a loss of 46,332 square miles, which is between the size of Pennsylvania and Mississippi.

I would say that we can definitely do better.

Here is pretty much everything you need to know about planting trees.

On the same site there is even information on how to start your own program on how to get more trees planted in your community.

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