Rain Forests
The Amazon forest is on fire in so many places.  The Amazon has been one of the plus factors to decrease carbon dioxide.  Now the Amazon is releasing carbon dioxide as it burns.  It is sending smoke into nearby communities which in turn is causing many local residents to be admitted to the hospital because of breathing problems.  The world morns these fires many of which had been deliberately set to open more land to farming and crops.  The G-7 had a meeting to discuss the Climate Change issue and the Amazon fires in particular.  Many countries have offered to help put out the fires.   As of this writing, the Brazilian government has not accepted these offers. 
 
Trees and shrubs are a vital part of the world’s hope to control carbon dioxide as they take in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and release oxygen into the air.  What can we do?  This fall we can access our property to see if we can add a tree or shrub.  Shrubs provide protection around the house.  Deciduous trees provide shade in the summer and allow the sun’s heat to warm our homes in winter.  Evergreen trees are good wind protectors.  Check the Arbor Day website for how to judge the best place to plant a new tree or shrub.  Many local nurseries and Lowes and Home Depot are having sales.  If you want to be mindful of the birds in New Jersey, check out New Jersey’s Native Trees Shrubs & Vines That Are Beneficial To Birds by Patricia Sutton.  Trees can reduce cooling costs by 30% in summer and heating bills by 20-50% in the winter.  For fall planting, it is advised to plant about 3 weeks before a hard frost or before the mid-October.  Check with the nurseries to confirm what is appropriate for your tree or shrub.
 
 
Give me a land of boughs in leaf,
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land."
- A.E. Housman
 
I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.
- Ogden Nash, Song of the Open Road, 1933
 
Trees
Trees just stand around all day and sun themselves and rest.
They never walk or run away and surely that is best.
For otherwise how would a squirrel or robin find its nest?
---- Aileen Fisher
 
Trees
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray,
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose blossom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems were made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree.
                                    --- Joyce Kilmer
 
Prayer of the Woods
I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. 'Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.
(This prayer has been used in the Portuguese forest preservations for more than 1,000 years.)