Plant More Trees

“American cities and their surrounding areas have been losing as many as 36 million trees a year. That might not sound like a lot when you think about the number of trees in our nation’s forests, but those trees have a powerful impact on health and well-being — and on climate change.”
 
See US Cities Are Losing Millions Of Trees Each Year
I just don’t get it. USA thinks it is the most advanced society on the planet yet they can’t do simple things like respecting, valuing and preserving trees. Just walk from a hot dry grassland in the heat of summer into the cool, shady, moist, perfumed space of a nearby forest and tell me you don’t get the point. Whatever someone thinks of climate change or the environment, it’s as obvious as the nose on your face, the ears on your head and your skin that trees are desirable living things and they give their blessings to us freely. Value them, preserve them, increase their numbers and vigour. It’s the right thing to do.

Where I live, elms used to be the “go to” shade tree but Dutch Elm Disease is decimating them. I recommend Hackberry as a replacement. They grow wild in these parts in the southeast corner of Manitoba and at the south end of Lake Manitoba. The reason for that is they require a bit longer growing season so that they can reproduce themselves from the fruit they produce. The lakes moderate the climate to help them reproduce. They will still grow here very well and look just like elms with huge crowns of green leaves and roots and branches that resist our winters and summers. One can buy the seeds for pennies each and get all the trees your yard may require for a few dollars. They are a bargain. They grow about a foot each year and they are beautiful.

Need food? Plant fruit trees like sour cherry, Nanking cherry, various apples and plums and pears and berry bushes. What you don’t pick will feed wild critters. Need to block the wind? Hackberry will do that too but for a faster barrier use willow or poplar or cedar or virginia creeper. They’re all good.

The point is there’s no reason to do away with many trees and there are plenty of reasons to have more, so, get with the programme, USA, despite what Trump and Pruitt say. They are just plain nuts. Nuts? we can grow some hazelnuts and acorns here too… Just saying…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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