By Dave Coulter
Add "plant a tree" on your springtime to-do list.
By now all of us should know about the obvious values that trees offer our ever more congested urban areas. Trees help mitigate pollution, reduce energy costs and storm water run-off. They add beauty and attract wildlife. They make people feel better, and help to make our cities more tolerable and humane. By the way, none of the points in the preceding two sentences are speculation - they're pretty well established facts.
This recent article "Tree Fall" in Conservation magazine is required reading. This article points out that in this study it seems like we (as a society) are heading the wrong way. There is so much political rhetoric floating around these days about green jobs, etc.
Well, planting trees is a way to make real and tangible improvements in more ways than I can shake a stick at. At the rate were going, future generations won't even know what that expression means for the lack of sticks.
"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap..."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr