Monday, April 22, 2013

Hug a Tree (Guest Post)

'The tree, as it used to be' photo (c) 2004, Rebecca Partington - license: can be so plentiful and commonplace that they may seem ordinary and boring, but the world of trees is surprisingly bizarre and amazing.

Environmentalists and naturalists are often called "Tree Huggers," but there's plenty of good reason for us all to hug a tree from time to time. With Earth Day coming up, the folks at Monster Tree Service, based in Philadelphia and franchising across the U.S., put together some cool facts to prove it!
  • A tree in the Sequoia National Forest named “General Sherman” is over 275 feet tall and 102 feet around, making the California Redwood the most massive living single organism on Earth.
  • A Coastal Redwood named “The Mendocino Tree” is estimated to be 1000 years old, and at more than 367 feet tall is the tallest organism.
  • About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests and it is estimated that there are 247 billion trees over 1” in diameter.
  • The world’s largest forests are in Northern Russia, however, and cover more than 3 billion acres.
  • A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means just two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four.
  • One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles. Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
  • Studying a tree’s rings can do more than provide a tree’s age. Tree rings provide precise information about environmental events, including volcanic eruptions.
  • Oak trees don’t produce acorns until they are over 20, and some trees may not produce acorns until they are 50.
  • Birch trees mature quickly and can produce over a million seeds per year.
  • A fully grown Ada Tree in Australia can develop a root system that spreads out more than an acre.
  • A wild fig tree in South Africa has roots that measure 400 feet deep.
  • Trees grow from the top, not from the bottom as is commonly believed.
  • A branch's location on a tree will only move up the trunk a few inches in 1000 years.
  • Trees on residential properties lower energy costs, block the wind, provide shade, and increase property value.
During the month of April, for every 10 "likes" Monster Tree Service’s Facebook page gets, they will plant a tree!

1 comment :

  1. I do love trees! I actually made that comment yesterday as my husband and I were driving down I-65 where there are still so many trees along the way. After a weekend of celebrating and mourning the iconic oaks that we're losing at Auburn tomorrow...


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