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The Role of Trees in Our Environment

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  1. The Role of Trees in Our Environment By: Jenni Reaves July 31, 2001

  2. Trees By: Joyce Kilmer

  3. The Significance of Trees • An archive of the past • The circle of life • Cultural appreciation

  4. What does a tree mean to you?

  5. The Importance of Trees • wind barriers • filtration • biodiversity • shade • erosion control • decreases noise pollution

  6. The Living Landscape • Rural • Suburban • Urban

  7. How do you value trees in rural environments?

  8. Benefits of Trees in the Rural Environment • Wind protection for crops • Erosion control • Creates diverse plant and animal habitats • Purifies the air absorbing carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide

  9. The Rural Setting • Preserving habitat • - Black River Preserve • - Green Swamp Preserve • N.C. Farmland Preservation Program • - Maryland and Pennsylvania

  10. Cont.. Rural Setting • Creek Restoration • -Programs initiated by various governmental and non-profit organizations Before After

  11. How do trees function in suburban environments?

  12. Benefits of Trees in Suburban Environments • Shade canopy • Building Ecology • Noise Buffers • Habitat for suburban wildlife

  13. The Suburban Portrait • Sustainable development • New Urbanism • -Vermillion; Charlotte, N.C. • - Davidson, N.C.

  14. What are the components that make an urban tree unique to it’s environment?

  15. Benefits of Trees in Urban Environments • Tree muffle urban noise. • A mature leafy tree produces as • much oxygen in a season as 10 • people inhale in a year. • Trees help cleanse the air. • Trees can be cool! • Energy savers and windbreakers.

  16. Urban Setting • Planning • -revitalization • -ordinances • Community involvement

  17. Seattle, WA Environmental Liability Environmental Amenity

  18. Environmental Education is the Key • Investigate programs in your community • - Project Learning Tree • - Project WILD • - Adopt A Tree