what lives near/under the trees?
There is a great post I read on GreenAnswers about this exact question: Uncommon Facts About Trees.
To summarize, they look at:
What impact can a single tree have on the environment?How many trees do Americans consume with print newspapers?What are some famous trees?How do trees affect the climate?What are some lesser known facts about trees?What are the biggest, tallest, oldest and smallest trees in the world?What are some interesting animals that inhabit trees?
1) The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
2) Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution.
3) A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
4) Water originating in our national forests provide drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.
5) One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
6) Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
7) An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.
8) About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests.
9) According to the last forest inventory, there are almost 247 billion trees over 1 inch in diameter in the U.S.
10) The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
Bonus Fact!: The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California’s Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!
These are all out of the citation provided.
1) In one year, an acre of trees can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide a car produces after driving 87,000 miles.2) Trees improve water quality by filtering rain and protecting aquafires and water sheds.3) 1 tree produces 280 lb of oxygen a year.4) Roots, along with filtering water, also stabilizes soil and prevents erosion.5) Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth, the oldest trees are able to live 4,600 years (Bristlecone pines).6) The tallest tree is 360 ft tall, it is a redwood in California. 7) Some trees can even communicate! When Willows are being attacked by insects it’ll send a chemical message to other Willows of the danger, they respond by pumping tannin in their leaves making them hard to digest.8) The most massive tree in the world is the Giant Sequoia, it can reach a height of around 300 ft, a circumference of 82 ft, and a weight of over 2,700 tons. 9) The oldest tree is thought to be in Sweden, it’s 9,550 years old. 10) A healthy birch tree can produce 1 million seeds a year.
As for the creatures that depends on trees? They provide habitat for squirrels, birds, insects, monkeys, sloths, snakes and other creatures. Beavers use them both as food and to build their dams, and multiple animals eat fruit and leaves of trees. Trees also provide shade for both animals and the plants that grow around them, and when a tree loses its leaves/dies it provides nutrients to the soil.
An average-sized tree can make about 170,000 pencils. Trees typically only get about 10% of their nutrients from the soil, the rest is from the atmosphere. The amount of carbon that a tree can absorb in a year is almost exactly what a car driven 8500 miles can emit. Birch trees can produce one million seeds each year. Very interesting!
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