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Planting Trees Isn’t Just For Tree Huggers
Wildfires, insect infestations, and diseases are just a few things threatening our forests.
When a forest is decimated by a natural, or unnatural, disturbance it affects not only the local biodiversity of the area, but it truly affects us all.
Why reforest? Well for one, I like to breathe. The rainforests on our planet, not to mention the many other types of forests, are like the lungs of our planet. They breathe in what we breathe out, and vice versa. We truly need each other.
It behooves us as a species to help preserve our forests for future generations.
So here are a few quick facts about reforestation.
7 Ways Trees Are Mankind’s Heros
1. Carbon Warriors
Like I mentioned above the trees breathe in and process the CO2 that our bodies produce. Yes other plants do the same, but trees have a larger capacity to intake CO2 and produce oxygen for us and other species on the planet.
Let’s face it, we need clean air to breathe so we can be healthy.
But there’s a little more to it than simply breathing in and breathing out. If that was the only carbon emission we needed to worry about we’d be covered.
However many man made machines also produce carbon emission and forests help through a process called carbon sequestration, or carbon storage. Thus creating an impact in the amount of carbon floating around and causing potential harm.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look into other ways of decreasing air pollutants, but planting trees is definitely important and should be a part of any viable plan to clean our air.
2. Say Goodbye to Landslides
Oh that’s right. What causes landslides, you may ask? Excess moisture in areas with little to no vegetation. Erosion is a smaller version of this. Like mini landslides.
Now it is probably an oversimplification to say that if you have trees on slopes all landslides will disappear. This isn’t true.
There have been many occurrences where landslides have occurred in forested areas due to extensive rainfall. Often the root systems may not be as deep and the trees get carried off with the cascade of mud.
But in areas that don’t receive copious amounts of torrential rainfall, trees do provide protection. Their roots systems, and the root systems of the other vegetation living under the canopy, help to hold the soil together thus minimizing the erosion on hillsides and minimizing the occurrences of landslides.
This root system also helps to clean and purify water runoff. Natural filtrations system.
3. Animal Dwellings
If you don’t spend much time in nature, you probably won’t be interested in my posts for one, but secondly you wouldn’t be aware of how many animals depend on the forest for shelter and food.
Trees are homes to more than just birds, and when deforestation events, like wildfires, occur it displaces thousands of animals from their homes.
From birds and squirrels in the treetops, to elk, moose, and even large cats in the underbrush.
These animals play a part in maintaining the health of the forest and are part of the overall diversity on this planet. Even the mosquito has a purpose.
The smaller animals help to spread seeds thus aiding in the natural reforestation efforts. Other animals provide fertilization as well as needed underbrush maintenance.
Nature can take care of itself, this is true, but sometimes it needs a little hand. That’s where our efforts come in. As we too, are a part of nature.
4. Creates and Maintains Biodiversity In Plants
Biodiversity in plant life not only helps to sustain the many animals in the forests, but also aids in the overall health of the forest.
As mentioned in an earlier post That Tree is A Mother. Hub trees are important for organizing their family and societal trees and ensuring that nutrients and warnings are sent out via the fungus phones, a network of fungal roots that connect the trees together.
Without this biodiversity the tree’s are limited in their communication and sharing abilities and this can affect the overall health of the forest and its ability to sustain other species, including humans.
5. Reforestation Equal’s Job Creation
Some reforestation efforts can be done through a natural process that is carefully monitored. At times this reseeding efforts are aided by enclosing saplings in plastic mesh cones to protect them from predators allowing them to grow.
Other times, in forests that have been so decimated where there is no natural seed growth, the replanting of diverse trees and plants are necessary. This can be a fairly labor intensive project as the seedlings are first grown in a nursery, monitored and maintained.
They must then be hardened before being planted in the great outdoors. And as any good gardener will tell you, you can’t just plant it and forget it. There is ongoing monitoring and maintenance of these reforestation projects to ensure success.
6. Wood, It’s What Lumber is Made Of
The lumber industry has gotten a bad wrap over the years. Clear cut logging definitely didn’t help this image.
However over the years many in the lumber industry have adopted a more sustainable model of tree plantations, which are not very diverse but do help with CO2 storage.
Also the practice of selective cutting of trees in diverse forests settings.
The selective removal of trees aids in the maintenance of forests and actually aids in the overall health of the forests by preventing densely populated areas from spreading disease or becoming susceptible to other disturbances unique to high density growth.
Many lumber industries are active in the replanting of forest. Which only makes sense as it helps in a sustainable business model thus aiding in job creation.
7. Shady Acres
Having healthy sustainable forests supply us and others, including plants and bugs with shade. It cools the regions that may be suffering from hot spells and helps sustain those underneath the canopy.
It also helps with the human to tree connection and the many benefits of being outdoors.
I love to go hiking in a well developed forest with lots of shade as I am very susceptible to overheating.
So hiking on a desert bluff, while beautiful, can only be done at certain times of the year for me. But hiking in a forest with lot’s of shade is ideal anytime.
Helping Humanity By Saving the Forests
While it may not always be obvious, we need trees.
We rely on them to build our homes and make our furniture, among many other benefits. Having natural made products in the home help to bring a feeling of life and vibrancy that plastic simply doesn’t provide.
And since we all need to breathe and drink potable water we at Dancing Tree Gifts are committed to reforestation. By donating 10% of all proceeds to the National Forest Foundation.
You can visit our shops HERE. Buy a gift and plant a tree. It’s a win win.
Comment below with how trees and forests have impacted your life.