Here’s someone who finds value both in the life of a tree and after it dies.
Honoring her daughter’s request of a tree for her 11th birthday, a Virginia mother and her family planted this Dogwood. As evidenced by the height, the tree led a hardy life. Following the tree’s demise, the family learned to appreciate the next stage in its life cycle, as they observed that birds continued to use it as a resting place and insects devoured it, which attracts animals that eat the bugs. Eventually, the tree will collapse back into the soil, decompose, and add nutrients to enrich further growth. In her words, the tree continues to provide purpose.
Thanks, Eileen, for your welcome insight into the value of preserving natural areas.