Forests are critical to life on earth. They filter our air and water, and also provide habitat for wildlife. Over the past few decades, a significant amount of our precious forests have been destroyed due to fires, insect infestations, disease, and weather. Efforts to revitalize this important resource are currently underway throughout the world to help ensure that our forests are adequate to support ongoing life and that they will be there to support our future generations.
Replanting is key to the long-term survival of our forests – this is why the involvement and support of non-profits and other groups is critical.
A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year–enough oxygen annually to support two people.
At The Living urn, families love the idea that their loved one will not only give back with a tree memorial.
Beyond the obvious reasons of cleaning the air and providing oxygen to sustain life on earth, there are many other reasons why it is critical to keep our forests healthy and thriving. This includes:
- Watershed Protection. Many people don’t realize this, but more than half of Australians rely on forest watersheds for their clean drinking water. Natural water filtration provided by trees also reduces costs for drinking water treatment.
- Habitat for Wildlife. Birds, squirrels, deer and other animals rely on forests for food, shelter, and water. About one-third of all threatened or endangered species call the forests their home.
- Reduce Erosion. Trees reduce soil erosion caused by water and wind.
- Reduce Floods. Trees serve as a barrier to help reduce and prevent floods, which helps minimize sediment, nitrates and phosphorus runoff in key waterways.
- Carbon Sequestration. Our national forests sequester over 50 million metric tons of carbon annually.
- Improve Water Quality. Trees and our vast forests help to improve the quality of water in streams, rivers, and lakes. They also help protect waterways from the potential negative impact of adjacent land usage.
- The restoration and maintenance of our forests creates new jobs and keeps existing jobs in place.
We rely on our forests, and with the destruction over the past few decades they need our help now. A key part of replanting a forest is to do it in a reasonable amount of time after a fire, insect infestation, disease or weather destroys it. If there is a long delay after destruction occurs, invasive species of trees and brush that are more fire prone typically take over creating additional risk to the forest in the future. With invasive species, wildlife lose their critical habitat, and watershed areas will not be able to provide clean water.
Join us as we work to plant trees and revitalize our forests.