As far as I can tell, much of the aspects of environmentalism on the community level get pushed out of thought due to ignorance. My dad is a very strong environmentalist who works for the USGBC out of New York, so I was raised with a pretty hefty knowledge of the environment and the things normal people can do to help it. However, I did not know a great deal of information presented to us during class on Tuesday. One thing in particular I found surprising was that trees cannot heal. I guess I just assumed that all living things have the ability to heal because that is what I know about most mammals, insects, etc. Nevertheless, trees cannot heal. The life in those places with dead cells merely becomes a gapping space of decay that can lead to the total demise of the tree. Things as simple as putting a bike lock around a tree can harm and kill that section. Think about all the objects, people, and animals that knock into trees everyday. Everytime this happens that tree is harmed indefinitely. Although some of these occurrences happen naturally, we as humans should consciously act to reduce the amount of harm we do to trees.
There are several ways that we, as everyday community members, can help to save trees from abuse. For one, we can just plain out be careful around trees, especially saplings and especially near their roots. Watching out while mowing the lawn, playing outside, or riding bikes can help to reduce the daily disservice done to trees. Another interesting thing I learned was that the mounded mulch we see under most small trees is actually extremely bad for a tree’s growth. This volcanic mound of mulch cuts off essential nutrients from the tree stunting its growth and shortening its lifespan. To help in this wrong, anytime you see mounded dirt around a tree’s base simply push the dirt down and away from the trunk of the tree. Simple things can go a long way to save the trees in our community.