Updated: Aug 18, 2021
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffet
Author: Emily Courtney
We all have a memory of an outdoor experience or a hunt that involves a tree. Whether it’s an old oak in your backyard that you spent summers climbing, or the tall pine that holds your favorite deer stand, those memories exist because those trees do.
They hold a kind of fascination for us. When you see an ancient tree that seems to stretch indefinitely into the sky, it evokes a sense of awe and wonder. We can’t help but feel a deep respect bordering on reverence for the time and effort it takes for a living thing to grow into such a stately presence. Whether it’s one standing alone in a field or thousands making up a forest, the impact is the same. They can provide shelter, shade, food, and a certain aesthetic appeal that nothing else can match.
Planting trees is one of the most influential things you can do to improve wildlife habitat, but it’s about much more than that. Nothing else offers quite the same potential for leaving a legacy as trees do. The tree you plant could one day provide the branch that supports a tire swing or a tree house fort; or it could be your daughter’s back rest as she waits for her first gobbler to strut into range; it could become the lumber your grandson uses to build his front porch. Plant some trees, and do your part to create the opportunity for the generations that follow to have the same kinds of experiences you did.
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