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Editorial: For the love of trees

Trees.

They are rooted in our communities. They define some neighborhoods. They provide curb appeal and raise property values. They enhance our economic vitality. Our communities strive to earn "Tree City" designation.

Trees.

They stand as symbols of environmental stewardship. They can reduce the erosion of precious topsoil by wind and water. They can cut heating and cooling costs. They can help us moderate the earth's temperature. They clean the air and produce life-giving oxygen.

Trees.

They shelter us. They provide habitat for wildlife, whether that's on a single tree bough or on a forest's floor. They give us wood to build homes.

Trees.

We use them every day in everyday products, from paper to baseball bats, from latex gloves to chewing gum. Wood, leaves, pulp, bark. Cork, chips and sawdust are found all around you.

Trees.

They provide us with nourishment and medicines. Think of maple syrup, chocolate, nuts, fruits, oils, quinine, artificial kidney membranes and more.

Trees.

They are things of beauty. Poets write of them. Carvers create with them. Trees can be sources of joy and renewal.

Friday is Arbor Day. Plant a tree, water a tree or cultivate a new appreciation by taking a moment to look at the buds slowly opening on a fine spring day.

In the words of Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, "The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal."

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