March 21, 2021: International Day of Forests

The UN declares this a day to acknowledge, celebrate and be grateful for forests.

As their opening paragraph states, “When we drink a glass of water, write in a notebook, take medicine for a fever or build a house, we do not always make the connection with forests. And yet, these and many other aspects of our lives are linked to forests in one way or another.”

In another UN article we can learn about the state of our forests. While deforestation has decreased, “between 2015 and 2020, the rate of deforestation was estimated at 10 million hectares per year.” Agricultural expansion is the main reason why. The article credits cattle ranching and cultivation of soya bean and oil palm primarily.

Let’s also talk about the value of native tree species. Invasive non-native (aka exotic species) can change the composition of native plant communities as they compete and displace natives. In turn, they can be vectors for damaging species and exotic insects. Below you’ll find a link about native species here in TN.

To celebrate trees here, please enjoy this picture of a sugar maple