Thinking Green

Energy conservation is the smart choice now more than ever. When you curb your consumption, you cut your energy expenditures and save money. At the same time, you're helping our country by reducing the demand for energy products, and protecting the environment by lowering emissions. Conservation is a good "energy policy" for anyone who likes to save money and wants this country to approach energy independence.

Thank You For Replanting Our Nation's Forests.

forest.jpgThe Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strives to maintain forests where species diversity is present. Traditional forestry in Washington State has created very large areas of Douglas fir plantations. While Douglas fir is a very important and valuable tree, the DNR has also been planting other species to help maintain diversity across the landscape. One of the most important species that is being planted in 2010 is Western Red Cedar. Over 103,000 trees will be planted over 1,300 acres.

Many animal species rely on the Western Red Cedar for food and shelter. The tree is also of significant cultural value to Northwest Native American tribes. With the help of Dominick and 10,000 trees, area foresters can continue to provide this beneficial species that has many ecological benefits.

Thank you for your support and commitment to helping replant our nation's forests.

Trees Reduce Carbon ... and Add Numerous Benefits

Planting trees in your neighborhood is one of the best steps you can take to help the local environment and the planet, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. That's enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

iS_15627866.jpgThe organization Clean Air Gardening points out on that trees also help reduce ozone in urban areas. In New York City, a 10 percent increase in urban canopy helped reduce peak ozone levels by around 4 parts per billion. Tree cover also helps reduce the amount of heat absorbed and stored in asphalt.

Here are some of the other major benefits of trees, as listed on the Arbor Day Foundation's website:

"The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day."
—U.S. Department of Agriculture

"Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home."
— American Public Power Association

"Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent."
—Management Information Services/ICMA

calcCarbonFootprint.png"The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams."
—USDA Forest Service

Trees have also been credited with social benefits such as making people feel less stressed and more satisfied, and even helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder concentrate more effectively.