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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Glen, New York, USA

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Glen, New York, USA
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Registered: December 2007
City/Town/Province: Glen
Posts: 1
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Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Essay

By: Uwa

The environment has always been especially important to my family and I. When we moved to a new location in Glen, New York, we made it our mission to plant more trees to help replenish the Earth. In Glen, there are a limited amount of trees, as most of the land is farmland. Planting trees has endless benefits, more so in this day and age with depleting ozone layers and increased pollution. Trees help reduce the harmful toxins released on Earth, while providing a habitat for birds, insects, other animals and an everlasting beauty.

Probably one of the largest benefits planting trees has brought me is the stronger bond with my family. This past spring and fall, my mother, sister and I made it a goal to plant 250 trees across a 100 acre area. We bought young trees from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and local tree nurseries. We created a tree farm on the property, a place where the trees could forever grow wild, and also planted trees in other areas. Some of the trees that we planted were Maple, Oak, Elderberry, Norway Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Dogwood, Weeping Willow, White Pine and more.

Together, we put in a lot of hard work but enjoyed every minute of it, knowing that our efforts, that may have seemed small, will have a positive benefit in the future. In addition, a couple of students from my local high school pitched in to help with our project. In all we planted over 300 trees by the fall! We felt great and proud of what we accomplished. Next spring and summer, we will set an even higher goal of planting more trees.

After I leave for college, and many years from now, I will be amazed to come back (lets say, 20 or even 30 years) and see the small trees grow into beautiful, bustling trees. These trees have a very special value to me, as they hold history that my family will pass on from generation to generation.

Even on a small scale, much can be done to help offset the danger of global warming. Planting trees, no matter how small the project, will have a profound impact on the Earth in the upcoming years. Imagine if every person in America, or even the world--planted just one tree, how much of a difference that would make. That would be at least six billion trees being planted! Spreading the word about the positive results from planting trees would truly help preserve our environment.
Date: December 24, 2007 Views: 5619 File size: 34.8kb, 168.5kb : 640 x 480
Hours Volunteered: 300
Volunteers: 6
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 to 79
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 40
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 8
Native Trees Planted: 300
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