See the Forest for the Trees

In colonial days, the best of the trees were set apart by the king for masts on British ships. As the nation grew, the lumber of white pines built our homes and businesses. –National Arbor Day Foundation

Toothpaste, parmesan cheese, electricity and bubble gum… Did you know we enjoy these thanks to TREES!? Americans use an average of 4.5 pounds of wood products per day. Trees provide habitat, provide flood and shoreline protection, throw oxygen and absorb pollutants like carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Their importance cannot be overstated, and Missaukee Conservation District presents a tree and an activity each spring to students in the county.

This year over 300 students were wowed by the secret life of trees. Each student went home with a free Eastern White Pine seedling, Michigan’s State Tree, and at least one fun new factoid about how great all trees are.  “Many families in our community are supported by the forestry industry and of course, all of us use wood products daily,” Laura Quist, conservation educator, explains, “not only did we give away trees, but participants learned about the importance of forestry as wildlife habitat, its role in our local economy, and the ecological services forests provide.” Students also learned the inner works of a tree with a Project Learning Tree (PLT) activity.

Missaukee Conservation District offers a variety of free programming to school, scout and community groups. Find out more about scheduling our education programs or how you can volunteer with Missaukee Conservation District by exploring the Education and Volunteer Opportunities tabs.

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