Saving our forests
 and the animals in them 












Introduction

Here in room 15 we are trying to create a world of human decency. We are focusing on two kinds of human decency, social and environmental. We are working on the environmental part. Forests are one of our most important natural wonders . They produce 28% of our oxygen and purify our air. Our passion for forests started when our fourth grade class went to Westminster Woods. We learned about conserving our forests and how we can help our environment. We hope after reading this you will share our passion.

      How forests impact people

When people visit forests and natural wonders, the forests hold amazing, old, and tall trees. These trees can be so big and old and still have room to grow. They can have thousands more years to grow and people still cut them down. People don't think when they cut down trees for houses and furnishings. They don’t think how long these trees have been alive and how much they can teach someone  or how much they can impact someone. Forests are important. Just one trip to a forest can influence someone to donate to conservation groups and conserve our forests.

The Ripple Effect

The logging industry started to cut redwood trees in the 1860’s. At first it was okay because it wasn’t a lot of damage. The cutting of trees eventually became really bad. The lumber companies got a lot of money logging, and started cutting more for more money leaving just about 4% of redwood forests and 6% of rainforests never touched by a saw. As people continue to cut trees for money it still doesn’t hurt just the trees. Animals need them too. Redwoods provide shelter and hiding spaces for the endangered animals like the Northern Spotted Owl and food for many animals. So as forests are being cut down, animals and other plants are dying because they don’t have enough resources. In the end without forests our world would be much duller because if there are no trees, then no one would be able to experience wildlife or the different types of plants in a forest. If all the forests were gone, there would a lot less animals and we could never feel the cleanliness of forest around us. So please, try to make a change and start protesting or donate to some ecology groups like the Sierra Club. Help stop these horrible ripple effects.

Conclusion

The environment is something that we all share, so it’s important that everyone does their part to help take care of it. Taking care of the world we live in is essential to preserving the many plant and animal species that live here. You can take your family to a redwood forest or Yosemite and you and your family can enjoy magnificent natural wonders. When we go to a forest we experience the feeling of wonderment and awe. We can all  do a part to help preserve the environment for the generations to come.


Forest Facts  

Here are some facts about three types of forests that could use some conserving.

We hope that after you read these these facts that you can enjoy the forests just a little bit more.


Redwood Forests
Redwoods are resistant to rot, fire, and insects.

Redwoods are the tallest known trees in the world.

They are also one of the oldest trees on earth.

Coast redwoods are among the oldest living organisms in the world.

They can live for more than 2,000 years.


Rainforests
 Only around 6% of Earth’s land surface is rainforest – but about half of all animal and plant species live there.

 In Central American rainforests, strawberry poison dart frogs might wrestle for up to 20 minutes against another alpha male.

It can take up to ten minutes for. a falling raindrop to travel from a rainforest’s thick canopy to the floor.because of the many layers of trees and leaves.

Trees known as idiot fruits grow in Australia’s Daintree rainforest.

The rhinoceros hornbill bird lives in southeast Asian rainforests and have a hornlike structure on its head that looks like a extra beak.


Pine Forests

Pines have leaves shaped like needles that remain on the trees throughout the whole year evergreen plants.

Pines reproduce using cones.

Pines are monoecious plants, which mean that one plant produces individual male and female cones.

There are about 115 species of pines worldwide.

Pines are sold for 2,000 dollars an acre.









Informational Links

Help save our forests

Redwoods of the Coast

The Redwood Forest

Armstrong Redwoods

About Coast Redwoods

Ecology of the Coast Redwood Forest

Animals people can save if they don't clearcut Forests

Rainforests




Conservation Links

Help save our forests
The Redwoods League

Conserve our Forests

Kids can help save Trees

Make our forests happier




Clearcut forest

Non-clearcut forest







Clearcutters are destroying my home and food!


   The clearcutters killed our mother!


Please stop clearcutting!







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"All life is created in love, and thus in the depths of every human being lies a good heart. Some have lost their path from this love, so it is up to us to show them the way."
- Julia Butterfly Hill









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