TREES ARE RENEWABLE
Every seven seconds, six trees are planted – that’s six trees per year for every person in the United States. We can grow trees over and over.
We can even determine things like droughts or major events by examining the rings.
Acorns are seeds form the oak trees and grow into new trees. Animals, wind and weather move these seeds so these trees actually regenerate themselves.
DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HARDWOODS AND SOFTWOODS?
Leaves are hardwoods. Needles and pine cones are softwoods. Hardwoods lose their leaves in the winter; softwoods do not. Hardwoods tend to regenerate themselves naturally through root or stump sprouts and seeding. Hardwoods need sunlight, but not necessarily direct sunlight. In a hardwood forest, many trees are different sizes. It’s best in a hardwood forest to manage the trees, harvesting some so that others can grow.
Softwoods need a lot of light, so it’s best that a softwood forest is the same age. We plant many softwoods while hardwoods replant themselves.
TREES ARE RECYCLABLE
We can use wood over and over again. Who recycles? What do you put in your recycle bin? What about newspapers? We can make that paper into other things.
TREES ARE BIODEGRADABLE
We can safely dispose of trees. Trees decompose returning nutrients to the soil.
TREES ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT
It takes less energy to make a pound of wood than it takes to make a pound of steel, aluminum or plastic. Wood can be used as energy! We can burn wood for fuel. Some companies make tiny wood pellets that go into special fireplaces. We can heat with wood and/or channel the energy for other uses.
TREES ARE FRIENDLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Trees produce the oxygen that we breathe and take in the carbon dioxide we exhale. Trees are homes to birds, squirrels and other animals. They provide food, beauty and shade.
TREES PRODUCE THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS WE USE
Paper, Kleenex, pencils, crayons (leaves of palm trees), tape (cellophane, a by-product of wood pulping, glue (resin from trees), homes, chairs, tables, cabinets, mulch, etc.
Even... cookies (cocoa seeds from cocoa tree), toothpaste (cellulose gum), chewing gum (from rosin or store of trees), many medicines (bark of willow trees or pine resin with antiseptic properties), and Maple Syrup (straight from a maple tree) ... just to name a few!
NO PART OF THE TREE IS WASTED
When we use a tree, we use every part. Bark is used for mulch for landscaping. Chips and sawdust are made into pulp for paper, burned for fuel or used on the ground (for example in chicken coops).
How long does a tree live? Will it live forever? What might cause it to die? Harvests, diseases, insects, wind, ice, draught, fire, blockage from the sun.
If a tree is sick, it can fall hurting other trees, animals, or people. A tree with disease or insect infestation can spread to other trees. If too many trees are lying on the ground, they can become susceptible to fire.
It’s important to manage the forests! Sometimes, we need to thin some trees to let others live. When we take a tree from the forest, we use the entire tree: it goes back into the soil and other trees grow in that soil.
WOOD IS OUR MIRACLE RESOURCE!