Sunday, April 01, 2007

Tree Words from John ...

Dear Tree Supporting readers ...

I want to share with you a beautiful email I just received from a special man in Buffalo, NY.


Hi ... I hope you are well ... I will always cherish my time with you.
GOOD LUCK with your business.

Perhaps this quote from the book "A Natural History of Trees" can inspire you as it has me.

"The North American Sylva - our tree flora - is the grandest in the temperate zones of the Earth, and in some ways the grandest anywhere.
It has the tallest and the mightiest trees; it boasts so many kinds that there is no one who can say that he (or she) has seen them all in the life, and could name them every one on sight.
It has still the densest strands of merchantable timer in the world; when the first Europeans came to our shores, our virgin forests, stretching from ocean to ocean and from Arctic strand to Tropic, staggered the belief.
Not in historic times have a great people and a great forest met in so tense a drama.
That drama had the elements of the Greek tragedies, for it was the inevitable collision of destined forces.
To each, the other force represented fate.
The forests of America brought out in us, as fate will do, both our best and worst; they molded and they exposed us.
We, in our human way, have brought out of the trees not best and worst - since trees are beyond moral judgment - but ever new qualities.
First the trees were barriers and ambushes, then they became blockhouses and cabins, gun stocks and cradles, wagon wheels and railway ties.
Now they are airplanes and newsprint, plastics and prefabrications.
They remain our greatest renewable resource, and as every month brings forth fresh and more spectacular discoveries in wood technology, they may claim to be the most versatile of all crops.

Always they have been, and will be, beauty and peace.

They are the best we have left of wilderness, and the witnesses to our finest moments; trees still standing could tell us how Boone and Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Washington and Penn took shelter beneath them or laid a hand on the bole while speaking."

John continued to explain that ... this book was originally copyrighted in 1948, so it is dated.
It's just a reference book, but it's written with love for bough, sap and leaf.
Look at the concrete jungle all around and imagine a time when the trees were still in place, incorporated into the landscape instead of just being leveled with the land, giving shade and cool in summer and making the air smell nicer.
I think it's important for our children to see a tree and be able to identify it.
Sycamores are easy to remember for their bark.
The difference between red and white pine is two needles per bunch.
You can eat the needles of the Eastern Hemlock.
They taste like they smell.
Something to nibble on during those long hikes.
Trees are like people.

Here's a line about the Jack Pine:
"The great North Woods of Canada and the northern United States boast three Pines, the stately White, once the most valuable of all the timber trees, the Red, hard and strong and noble of aspect, and the present species, the Jack Pine, a mere runt as to height and grace, a weed in the opinion of the lumberman, fit for nothing but pulpwood."

Do you think there is just one kind of Oak?
Think again!
There are Pin Oak, Black Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Swamp Oak.

My favorite tree is the stately Tulip Tree, or Yellow Poplar.

The trunks on the ones that I have seen are so straight and don't have any branches for the first 40 feet or more.
The leaves are the most noble and could be used for a national emblem like the maple leaf.


Thank you, for your care and deep appreciation of the trees around us.

We at Plant a Tree USA™ thank you from the bottom of our tree roots.

Tree Chic ... Planting 18 billion trees and educating millions, creating a Healthy Mother Earth with a passion!


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