Season's Greetings for 2015

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Season's Greetings for 2015

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:57 am

This year I have more than one tree! These are Austrian (black) pine sprouts. As you may know, this species of pine,
as well as others in the American West, are under relentless attack by bark-boring insects. This is a product of both
climate change and "free trade," where the bugs arrive from countries where they exist in the wood of packing crates
(yet the insects pose no threat to the plants in their area of origin) Little or nothing is being done to control this!

As I've suggested last year, why not plant similar trees (not necessarily from seed) but bought with root-ball intact,
rather than those sadly cut-and-throw-away trees. A workplace colleague displays an evergreen (with root-ball) indoors
for the holidays, then plants it in her yard, in a pre-dug hole in early January. What a great idea!

Individuals planting a tree can help mitigate global warming, even if only in a small way. But think if everyone planted
just one tree; that's seven billion new trees. That has to make a dent!

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas from the crew at BurningIssues.org!
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