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Tree Conservation

Beyond their aesthetic beauty, trees play a critical role in our environment...cleaning the air and preventing erosion and many of these trees got their start from a small plot of land in Goldsby, Oklahoma.
Tree Conservation

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Show 1006: Tree Conservation

Air date: February 7, 2010

 

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Rob:  Well, the American poet, Joyce Kilmer, probably said it best when he wrote, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”  Beyond their aesthetic beauty, trees play a critical role in our environment, cleaning the air and preventing erosion.  And many of these trees got their start from a small plot of land in Goldsby, Oklahoma.  Our Alisa Hines takes us there.

Alisa Hines:  When you fill up a glass, what you may not realize is that the water you’re drinking may be directly affected by forestlands hundreds of miles away.  Scott Huff is Manager at the Oklahoma Forest Regeneration Center.

Scott Huff:  Well, with everything that we have going on today, a lot of people get away from the trees and they don’t realize the benefits, all the benefits that we get from trees, as far as, carbon dioxide, sound pollution, air pollution.  Phytoremediation is getting real big, where they control pollutants getting into the ground water.  All these things, trees are very beneficial in that.  Oklahoma’s been growing trees for conservation since 1926.

Alisa:  Since the days of the Dust Bowl, trees grown at the center have been used for windbreaks; an effective conservation tool that’s made the Dust Bowl a thing of the past.

Scott:  As the wind blows and carries the dust, when it comes to the windbreaks, the, the wind velocity or whatever, is, is slowed down.  It doesn’t have enough energy to push the dust over the top of the trees.  And so, the wind comes up and then the dust instead of it keeping on being carried, it’s blocked and it falls right there and that’s why you have that berm right there.

Alisa:  Off of just eighty acres, workers at the Regeneration Center will harvest over five million trees this year that will eventually turn into 8000 acres of forestland.  Trees that not only help the land, but also those that live off it.

Scott:  It makes a good species for wildlife because its, it also provides cover.  Wildlife’s our big push this year and we have some special packages for wildlife that we sell for people to get these trees and plant them on their property so that they can enhance the wildlife habitat in their areas.

Alisa:  Now Scott says the trees they grow are especially hardy, standing up to the test of time.

Scott:  You can see the new needles forming on ‘em, coming on ‘em; a lot of the seed source that we have are native to Oklahoma; we grow ‘em for that.  All of ‘em are grown for specific purpose.  We try to grow good trees that are good in what you would see in the wild; in areas that need conservation.

Alisa:  So, while they may not look like much now, these tiny trees will grow up to make sure Oklahoma’s soil isn’t blowing in the wind.

Rob:  And joining us now from the Forestry Regeneration Center is our Alisa Hines.  Well Alisa, this certainly sounds like an excellent program, but how does one know what to plant?

Alisa:  Well Rob, they have foresters around the state who can help you determine exactly what you need in your area based on where you’re located, your annual rain fall, even your soil.  And, they can even tell you how to plant the trees.

Rob:  So if someone’s interested in planting trees for conservation, what do they need to do?

Alisa:  Well, the trees are fairly inexpensive, I think you can get them for about sixty dollars a bundle, but since they are for conservation use, you have a minimum of a hundred trees.  And to so, all you need to do is contact the Forestry Service either by phone or on their website, and we do have a link on our website to their’s on OkHorizon.com and you can just click under this week’s shows.

Rob:  Well thank you Alisa, certainly a great program that’s truly changed the face of our state.

Alisa:  Thanks Rob.