Trees are the answer, but what are the questions?
And if trees are in question what are the
answers? Trees and forests are such an integral part of
This year iConserve PA (DCNR’s citizen conservation awareness program) will provide ideas on how to help in four key ways: protecting trees and forests; planting trees; buying sustainable tree and forest products; and exploring and enjoying the forests. Through the iConservePA website, innovative programs, new publications, and a knowledgeable team of experts, DCNR hopes to build awareness around the many issues facing these resources and how their condition is related to water quality; climatic and environmental health; the availability of forest products; the integrity of habitat and wildlife; the opportunities for recreation; and our own health and welfare.
Protection is possibly the most important step to
address. Trees and forests play a crucial role in
maintaining our water supplies, acting as a natural filter
Trees and forests also play a major role in helping to combat climate change. Carbon dioxide is the leading greenhouse gas and our large tracts of forest land are instrumental in mitigating climate change and storing carbon dioxide. Individuals can assist by properly caring for their own trees so that they can grow strong, live long, and perform these functions for many years.
Invasive plants and pests are major threats to our trees
and forests and an ongoing struggle to combat. Become
familiar with invasives and, to keep them from taking
over our native plant populations, learn techniques for
their removal. Also learn to recognize invasive pests and
the ways they can be accidentally introduced to an
environment. One easy practice to avoid such
Planting trees is another step in aiding the trees and
forests cause. Pennsylvania was at one time almost
completely covered with forests, but every day we lose
about 350 acres of forest lands and open spaces to