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From the mighty oaks to the endangered rainforests, did you know that trees are the oldest organisms on earth? How do trees help to purify the air we breathe? Where is the world’s largest tree? How do trees help to clean the air?
Without trees and forests, the quality of the air we breeze would be far worse. Trees provide us with oxygen and process CO2. In addition, they filter pollutants from the air.
World Forestry Day (or International Day of Forests) is celebrated worldwide every year on 21st of March at the international level in order to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. This holiday is also known as The International Day of Forests and it was established by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.
Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns, on International Day of Forests.
FORESTS are essential for life on Earth. They give us shade and shelter, refuge and refreshment, clean air and water. Today, with a growing global population and subsequent demand for forest products, the forests of the world are at risk from widespread deforestation and degradation. I think humanity has slipped into the bad habit of taking our beloved trees for granted. Now is the time we need to band together and be aware that healthy trees are critical to our existence on this earth.
The trees in our world come in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Many wonderful books have been written about the magic of trees-here are a few of my favorites to help us celebrate World Forestry Day:
Inspired by her trip to Costa Rica, Kate Messner’s Tree of Wonder tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of animal and creature lives supported by the Almendro Tree in Latin America’s rain forests.
Now let’s visit the Redwood Forest and enjoying Northern California! We are so inspired by these incredible trees. They are the oldest, tallest trees on the planet. Some of them are 1000 years old. It’s been a huge challenge to save these glorious trees from the blade of the lumber companies. Muir woods it a save haven for the redwoods. It’s our hope that our Great Redwood Tree booklist will inspire you as well to make a trip to visit these ancient giants and become active in saving them for future generations.
In Just Like Me Climbing a Tree: Exploring Tress Around the World, award-winning author/illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard travels around the globe visiting 12 beautiful and favorite trees.
Exploration and inquiry are the keys to unlocking the secrets and treasures of the trees. Each page asks a question:
What if we swung from a tree branch as monkeys do ? What type of tree would we be swinging form?
What type of tree would we choose if we were a bat and needed to hang upside down?
Each question takes us to a new tree in a new land.
Just Like Me Climbing a Tree is perfect for ages 5 and above. It is beautifully illustrated with full color drawings, bringing this tree adventure to life. Each double page spread hosts the lyrical poetry of tree, a question, and the classification of the tree and where it is found on our planet.
I’d like you to think about Conservation! Please Save Our Rainforests!
Here are some lovely reads to inspire you.
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Learn about Tree Rings
As a tree grows, it produces new layers of wood around the trunk, just under the bark. If a tree is cut down, the layers are visible in a cross-section. The layers appear as a set of concentric circles known as tree rings.
In general, one layer of wood grows each year. Each layer consists of two colors of wood: light-colored “earlywood” that grows in the spring and summer plus darker, denser “latewood” from the fall and winter.
Tree rings—also known as annual growth rings—vary in size each year depending upon the environmental conditions that the tree experiences. For most locations, tree rings will be wider during years of abundant rainfall and narrower during times of drought.
By counting back from the year a living tree was cut, it is possible to determine how old the tree is. Find a tree stump and start counting the tree rings from the outside and move to the center of the tree trunk.
Some species of trees can live for thousands of years. Because the widths of a tree’s rings reflect yearly precipitation patterns, the rings can be analyzed to reconstruct a record of past climate conditions.
Tree rings also record the occurrence of forest fires. New layers of wood added around the exterior of tree trunks are vulnerable to damage by fire. If a fire damages a tree’s bark and exterior, but does not kill the tree, a new layer of wood can grow over the scarred layer the next year, preserving the scar as a record of the fire.
Spend some time outside near a tree stump and see what history it’s telling you. How old is it ? Was there years of excessive rainfall ? Was there years of drought ? Were there any forest fires ?
Learn more about unfamiliar trees including Noah’s Olive Trees in Lebanon
There is a grove of ancient trees way up north in the mountains of Lebanon. It is known that these are the very trees that a dove took a branch in it’s beak from to bring to Noah to show him the flood waters had subsided and land had been found. For thousands of years these trees have seen feast, famine, good times, war, and in a simple word, life. To this day the trees still bear fruit and they press olive oil from it.
Here’s a look at these old and beautiful giants who carry such a large lineage.
just a note: Because of the incredible difficulties the countries of Lebanon and Syria are facing these days I am not giving the specific location of these trees. I want to protect them for future generations and keep them from harms way.
Fun facts about Olives
Olives have been a staple in the Mediterranean for at least 5,000 years.
Olive trees may live to be 1500 years old, the average life span is about 500 years. There are olive trees in Lebanon and on the island of Crete that are at least 5000 years old.
Over 90% of world olive production is used to make oil, and almost 98% of the acreage is in the Mediterranean region.
Green olives are picked early in the season and black olives are picked later in the season as they have ripened and turned black.
California is the only state where olives are grown commercially.
There are 500 million olive trees in Europe, and 50 million in California. California produces less than 5% of the world crop, but it produces more than 70% of the ripe olives consumed in the U.S.
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