Today is World Forestry Day. In 1971 the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture set aside March 21st of each year to celebrate our world forests. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization later endorsed World Forestry Day.
Our forests are more than just trees they provide a complex, living, ecosystem for plants, wildlife, and birds. The soil supports many different kinds of invertebrates, bacteria, and fungi play an important role in cycling nutrients in the soil and environment.
When trees are cut down and not replaced we lose an important aspect of our ecosystem. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into oxygen. Another factor is the loosening of top soil which can be washed away by rain and flooding.
Take some time to either donate some money to your local Arbor Society, or plant a tree at home.