Tree Enthusiast

"We prefer the term tree enthusiast.” That’s what it says on my favorite purple t-shirt from the University of DE Horticulture Club. A small sketch shows a person with its arms around a tree. What is it about trees that make them so special? Yes, they provide oxygen. Yes, they provide homes for creatures, wood for building our homes, and more. Yes, they prevent erosion. Is that really all there is too them? Not for me and not for many others. Trees are an important part of many cultures and are prominent in mythology. Many First Nation people have Douglas fir, cedar and pine as part of their origin story as well as their healing practices. The Norse had Yggdrasil, the ultimate tree o

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