Got Paper? Think about Trees.

97% of America’s Old Growth Forests have been destroyed. Think about that the next time you flip through a catalog, magazine, or telephone book.  Consider the children at Cancun who promote “Plant for the Planet” and their efforts to plant a million trees in every country.  In this time of Christmas Trees think about the gift of life that trees make possible for humans. How does that measure up to the latest electronic toy wrapped in paper from a tree, in a box from a tree, waiting under a tree?  In the midst of my historical research digging into the documents of Record Group 75 of the National Archives for reservations in the Dakotas I discovered that there was a constant quest for building lumber and the need for wood for heat and cooking fuel. The result was a virtual deforestation of the landscape.  When there are no more trees to support life, there will be no more of us either.

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5 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I’m often struck by the hypocrisy countries that condemn third world nations for what we’ve done and continue to do…that’s for this post it’s a good reminder.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    December 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Having lived in Europe where they cut down even more trees…even with replanting, the woods look manicured and the wild places don’t inspire as they once did.

  3. lesliepaints said,

    December 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    So beautiful!!!! Thank-you for sharing this, Eva!

  4. December 22, 2010 at 12:59 am

    What can ‘we’ do? WE can plant trees in our spaces. Peace.

  5. December 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    […] beautiful post about trees, here, by Eva; complete with […]


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