1.] Trees pull so much carbon dioxide from the air that the process slows the “blanket effect” in our atmosphere that threatens our very existence.
2.] Trees provide the habitat that lets our wildlife thrive, trapping and starving water pollutants while letting the cleansed water move through our world.
3.] Trees stabilize our land masses, allowing for the growth of plant biodiversity which in turn allows animal populations to endure and thrive
4.] Trees through the process of photosynthesis convert some 700,000 TONS of carbon nationwide into water for the tree, and air for us.
5.] Trees lower our air temperature by as much as twenty degrees.
6.] Trees act as windbreaks to protect us from storms.
7.] Trees even make us money!! Customers stay longer, and buy more, in tree-lined shopping centers. Houses with mature trees sell for more.
8.] Trees ultimately make us kinder and gentler. They make us experience better hospital recoveries, suffer less noise pollution, and become less violent.
9.] Trees constantly confront us with the mystery of beauty.
10.] Trees, like people, provide us with the opportunity to constantly learn more about them. We learn their names, how they function, the contributions that they make to our world. We realize that it takes some thirty years to mature them. We now know that they actually “talk’ to each other through their root systems. The more that we know about them, the greater the sense of appreciation, then responsibility, that we feel in their presence.
First we make our decision, then our decisions make us. The myth that any area is “nothing but woods” needs to die. We need to stress preservation over replanting as we purchase the extra 100 acres of forest needed to further our objectives. We need to move into the future by first deciding what NOT to build. Profit corrupted turns into greed. Greed should not be a determining factor in deciding our past, present, or future.