The Importance of Planting and Growing More Trees

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If a tree is targeted to be chopped down, it can be a major event. People have been known to chain themselves to trees to save them. But why are trees so important?

Trees are beautiful. They provide shade and they are often homes to plants and animals. They store carbon that is valuable to human life and the atmosphere, and they are vital in helping to save the environment.

Because trees are so essential to nature, they must be planted and cared for correctly. Read on to find out more about how trees can be beneficial.

Best Planting Practices

Trees are helpful to the environment, but only if they are properly planted.

If trees are planted in the wrong place, they can do more harm than good. For example, planting a tree into a native grassland can damage valuable ecosystems.

Planters should also avoid placing seeds of fast growing nonnative trees in dry climates as this can reduce water supplies. When water supplies run low, farmers may have to relocate causing them to clear forests for agricultural land.

Tree planting initiatives also fail if the trees are not suited to the soil and climate conditions or if they are not properly cared for. Trees may also be removed if they are planted on land without the landowner’s permission.

When trees are cut down, the carbon they have taken up returns to the atmosphere reverting any positive effects they may have produced in the environment.

Best Growing Practices

Planting a tree correctly is a good start, but it must be followed up with smart growing techniques.

Trees must be watered and fertilized. They must also be planted in areas where they can grow for at least a decade.

It’s not unusual for forest areas to be cleared within 10 to 20 years. But the longer trees grow, the better.

Experts recommend finding areas where trees can safely grow for 10, 20, or even 50 years. In fact, allowing a tree to grow longer is more beneficial than planting several trees that will be cut down quickly.

The Long Term Plan

Trees will not single-handedly save the environment. Planting must be combined with other efforts to help the world reach its goals. However, trees will play a major role in making an improvement.

With this in mind, efforts to increase tree planting will be backed by financial, societal and political support in the coming years.

Programs and initiatives have been launched to see to it that trees are planted and remain standing. The U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will be pushing for environmental change while the Bonn Challenge and the World Economic Forum campaign will continue on its mission to “conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees.”

Citizens can do their part by planting and monitoring growth and implementing careful planning that will see projects through long term.  

According to the Joyce Kilmer poem, “Only God can make a tree, but humans can plant them and nurture them to see to it that they do all they can to benefit the environment.” How will you be pitching in?