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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lungs of the Earth

I've heard it said that trees are the lungs of the earth. It makes perfect sense--they take carbon dioxide and then release oxygen, much like human lungs do, of course, our lungs do it in reverse!

We all know about the excess of paper used in junk mail. In the year 2006, 212,345 MILLION pieces of domestic mail moved through the U.S. Postal service. (That number is from the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008 [R 317.3 STA]) It's amazing that there are any trees left at all on Earth! And remember how computers were supposed to make ours a "paperless" society?

So, how are New Hampshire's forests fairing? Visit the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests to learn more about NH's "lungs." This is from the "About Us" page:
Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is now one of the country's most effective statewide land conservation organizations. As a non-profit membership organization, the Forest Society is dedicated to protecting the state's most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources.
If you want to explore our state's forests, the Society has a listing of its conserved properties available to download. Winter hiking is good exercise, and, as long as our forests remain conserved, you can breathe deeply.

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