“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”
“Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.”
“I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.”
“They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust. They teach us, and we tend them.”
Galeain ip Altiem MacDunelmor
“No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.”
“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”
“Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.”
Sara Ebenreck, American Forests
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
National Arbor Day comes on April 25, 2014, only a few days after Earth Day on April 22.
Planting trees, and participating in community activities to beautify public areas are traditional ways to celebrate these special days. Trees are crucial to our survival on the planet, because they generate the oxygen we breathe. They soak up ground water and rain water, using it for growth, and the releasing it as water vapor to the sky. Trees absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide from our air and fix the carbon in their wood and leaves. They filter many other airborn elements out of the air each day, many of them toxic, leaving the air we breathe clean,moist, and full of life-giving oxygen. They stop erosion, and maintain fertility in the soil
Our neighborhood has lost many trees in recent years. Two hurricanes and many strong thunderstorms have toppled many of our oldest, most beautiful trees over the last dozen years. Although no one has been killed in their home from a falling tree, much property damage and expensive clean up has resulted from wind damage to our forest.
Neighbors, fearful for their homes, have had beautiful, healthy trees cut down entirely. Others have realized that thinning and pruning allows the trees to withstand the wind, without destroying them.
I’ve spent several sleepless nights listening to trees groaning in hurricane force winds, wondering what trees might fall and where.
Destroying our trees is not the answer, however. Management and stewardship of our beautiful forest maintains the beauty and character of our community, while protecting life and property.
An important part of stewardship includes replanting the trees we have lost.
We can replace what’s been lost, wisely, to insure the forest remains for those who will follow us.
We can choose trees which don’t topple easily in the wind, plant shorter varieties which won’t fall on our homes, and place our new trees wisely in the garden.
Plant a tree.
Learn how to get free trees from the Arbor Day Foundation
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2010-2014