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More Non-Timber Ecosystem Services of Trees

Earlier in the year at Georgia’s Arbor Day celebration at the  Capitol, a “check” for $37.2 billion dollars in ecosystem service value provided by trees was handed to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the result of the study “Quantifying the Benefits of Non-Timber Ecosystem Services in Georgia” conducted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.  That check is looking better all the time.  Scientist are discovering that the net primary productivity of forests which measures how much CO2 plants take in during photosynthesis minus how much CO2 plants release during is respiration is much higher than was originally believed.   Be sure to read the full article with an informative interactive map.

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I needed this for an all-adult forest hike I led recently at a native-plant conference, so I hope it might come in handy for some of you too.

"The way leaves change is an amazing process and, like all things in nature, one that we should understand and appreciate! I was recently asked by a 3rd grade teacher to come up with an activity that helped explain fall transitions and I have since done it with a variety of elementary school ages.

I am going to explain the way I do this activity with kids, but I hope you will read on even if you do not have any other reason just to learn more about why leaves change color and fall every year! Also if you are working with kids, keep in mind that you might have to make this more or less complicated depending on your age group!"

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