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“And the tree was happy.”

Everybody’s got a favorite tree. If not one in particular, at least a preferred species. (If you don’t, you might want to check this out.) Around the office, tulip poplars, sycamores, and white oaks are the clear front runners. But, after seeing just how long it took our staff to annihilate a bag full of dried Michigan cherries,  I’m a little surprised Prunus cerasus didn’t make the shortlist…

Beyond the pleasures associated with trees that immediately come to mind – children’s literature, climbing, fall scenery, hugging – there are many less visible ecosystem services provided by forests. A few are listed here:

  • Habitat
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Fuel and wood production
  • Watershed stabilization
  • Shade & reduction of heat island effect
  • Cultural preservation

For a more in-depth look at forestland goods and services, check out this publication by Southern Forests for the Future. (Photo courtesy of Mactographer)

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