From twig to trunk, trees are essential to all living things. Without them, the world would be left breathless. Despite that, the destruction of forests continues at alarming rates. According to the United Nations, 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually, which is comparable to the size of Greece.
At Budget Dumpster, we recognize that tree preservation and forest conservation efforts are increasingly vital to maintain a healthy planet for generations to come. So, what can you do to help save trees in your neighborhood?
In honor of the International Day of Forests and Earth Day, we asked several tree preservation organizations for their top tree-saving tips. Whether you’re breaking ground with a major home remodeling project or executing a picturesque backyard landscape, we’re here to help you make a positive environmental impact.
Use These Tips to Save Trees Abroad and in Your Own Backyard
1. Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Stand For Trees suggests checking paper and wood products for the PEFC or FSC sustainability mark to help save trees, along with calculating your carbon footprint. Use Budget Dumpster’s carbon footprint calculator as a first step toward tree preservation and limiting your environmental impact at home.
“We encourage people to calculate their carbon footprint as a first step so they can have a better sense of how their everyday actions impact the environment – and then pledge to offset their emissions by supporting high quality forest and sustainable development Stand For Trees projects.”
– Stand For Trees
2. Read Your Food Labels
The Rainforest Action Network urges you to be mindful of your pre-packaged food choices to help save trees. Many products in grocery store aisles contain ingredients that come at a high environmental cost. The demand for these ingredients has transformed millions of acres of rainforest habitat into industrial palm oil plantations. Conflict Palm Oil production is now a leading cause of rainforest destruction, bringing native species like orangutans close to extinction.
“First, we can all become more conscious of our own consumption of highly processed foods manufactured by massive international corporations and make more fresh and local food choices. Then, please join RAN and send a message to America’s favorite 20 snack food companies that they need to cut Conflict Palm Oil out of their supply chains.”
– Rainforest Action Network
3. Prune Your Trees to Extend Their Lifespans
If you want to encourage tree preservation in your own backyard, Our City Forest recommends that you prune your trees young as they can overcome more vigorous cuts and live longer lives. Be sure to check with your local city ordinance to see what steps need to be taken. Many cities require a permit to remove or prune street trees.
“Pruning, in particular, can make the difference between a tree that lives for eight years versus a tree that lives for 80. Hire a certified arborist to prune street and yard trees. An arborist will ensure that pruning is done correctly and cuts performed do not pose a risk to the tree or passerby.”
– Our City Forest
4. Discuss Forest Conservation With Friends
Unfortunately, trees can’t talk, so it’s up to us to branch out and speak on their behalf. Friends of Trees encourages you to share tree-saving tips with your community. Spread the word about tree preservation and educate your community with ways to save the trees.
“Know the regulations in your local community, so that when you see something, you know who to call! Talk to your neighbors about the importance of their trees to the greater community.”
– Friends of Trees
5. Treat Your Trees With Care
TreePeople advises using a few tree care tips to keep your trees at home healthy. When planting new trees, be strategic about the tree’s placement and allow enough room for roots to mature. Maintain your tree’s health by protecting its roots and quenching its thirst. Young trees require more watering since their roots don’t stretch quite as far into groundwater systems. Also, be mindful of trees near driveways or other areas that attract high heat.
“A 3- to 4-inch blanket of mulch serves as a natural insulator for your tree. Give your tree room to stretch out its roots and pull out any weeds that grow within 4 feet of the trunk.”
We would love to hear about your forest conservation efforts. Shout it from the tree-tops – or leave us a comment below.