Trees for Love Campaign
Planting trees is a wonderful way to never forget those we’ve lost to Covid. We can also plant trees to keep those who need our support in our thoughts, especially those suffering from long term Covid related medical conditions. Essentially, there’s never been a more important time to plant trees than right now. With massive wildfires scorching millions of acres of forests across the western United States, to the ongoing need to cut atmospheric carbon levels in order to reduce global warming, trees are now more important than ever for sustaining human life on our planet. The only way our children will have mature trees tomorrow, is if we plant seedlings today.
The recent IPCC Report released in August 2021 that was a CODE RED for humanity, as well as the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in January 2020, hundreds of nations across the globe committed to planting a trillion trees by 2050. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 ranking, the United States is 33.93 percent forest; that’s down from a 50 percent forest in 1620 when the first European settlers arrived. Sadly, prior to Davos, the United States was hovering well below its potential for tree planting despite the amount of space we have to plant trees and nature, as well as the innovative methods we can adopt in our urban centers.
Canada on the other hand…
…has been a top performer, planting 500 million trees in 2019. During this same year, the US National Forest Foundation planted 5 million trees, nearly double their 2018 total, which is aggressive, but a long way off Canada’s 500 million. There doesn’t appear to be a national data base keeping track of US totals that incorporates tree planting in local communities on private property, so the total number of trees planted in US for any given year is difficult to calculate. But what we do know, is that the US chopped down 36 million trees in 2019, and in 2020, in addition to the millions of leveled trees we ax on an annual basis, we lost 30 billion mature trees in the West Coast wildfires, which is staggering.
Ethiopia is a 2020 tree planting champion, succeeding at putting 350 million trees in the ground in 12 hours this past July 2020. The US needs to rush to catch up. In most states, trees can only be planted in the ground a few months of the year. There’s a window in both the spring and the fall. It’s vitally important we take advantage of each and every opportunity. Homeowners have to be the drivers of our national tree planting efforts if we’re going to succeed.
Planting a tree to remember someone whose life was cut short — whether that be from covid, gun violence, wildfires and other natural disasters, a car accident, cancer, and multiple other tragedies — or is still alive but but going through a very difficult time, is a great way of showing empathy and letting others know a loved one is being thought of regularly. It also motivates us into action. This wonderful way of keeping spirits alive and communities full of hope, helps families and communities heal while at the same time saving the planet.
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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. —Warren Buffett
Planting Trees For Climate Action
Carbon is stored in oceans, plants and the soil. According to NASA, forests cover 30 percent of earth’s landmass, and 45 percent of the carbon in the atmosphere, is sequestered in forests. Carbon is absorbed by the leaves and funneled to the trunk. In fact, NASA explains that 50 percent of a tree’s dry biomass is carbon. read more
Plant NOVA Natives
Plant NoVa Natives is a coalition of a conservation organizations that have banned together to Celebrate Trees in Northern Virginia and encourage planting native trees. Their wonderful website is a valuable resource for those living in Northern Virginia who are looking for tips, guidance and suggestions about what are best native species to plant in your location. read more
Important Tree Planting Information
There are 7 basic steps for successful bare root tree planting as outlined by the Fairfax County Tree Commission in their wonderful Tree Basics booklet. Step 1, Keep the roots moist until ready to plant. Step 2, unpack the tree, remove all packing materials, carefully untangle the roots and soak the roots in read more
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Advice from a TREE: Stand tall and proud. Sink your roots into the earth. Be content with your natural beauty. Go out on a limb. Drink plenty of water. Remember your roots. Enjoy the view.
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