My Day of Arbor

I love trees. I really do. They are like old friends to me. When I was a kid my friends and I would spend hours hanging out in the trees of the neighborhood. They were like oasis in the parched landscape that is Albuquerque. Where I come from trees are revered and protected because there just aren't that many of them. We all played under the trees. When it became too hot to be outside we would sit under the big trees and discuss the worlds events. 

So when I saw a blurb the other day talking about Arbor Day being the 12th of March I thought about my trees.

At the same time I was distressed when a friend of mine Fbed 2 maps of Borneo to me. The first map is Borneo before the world fell in love with  palm oil and the second after we became addicted to it.

The first map was a beautiful deep green all over the island. The second all brown except for a small patch of green in the middle of the island. In the span of only 40 some odd years the island of  Borneo, home to the Orangutan and other precious animal species has lost 90% of it's habitat. Now that doesn't sound like a lot to some people and some people won't care. After all, Borneo? Where's that? But consider this. It took America 300 years to destroy 90% of it's old growth forests from 1600 to 1900. We grew up in a world where most of our forested land is already gone. No wonder no one cares!

The rate at which we are clear cutting our forests around the world is only adding to the problems we are causing ourselves. 

So here is to all the trees still standing. May they at least out live our greed and stupidity.

Here's a little food for thought ... Taken from Wikipedia 

The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo.[3] There are about 440 freshwater fish species in Borneo (about the same as Sumatra and Java combined).[4] It is the centre of the evolution and distribution of many endemic species of plants and animals. The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is an important refuge for many endemic forest species, including the Asian elephant, the Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the Hose's civet and the dayak fruit bat.

Kapok tree in the Orangutan Preserve, Borneo


On the island of Borneo.   

On the island of Borneo. 

 

Bako National Park, Borneo, Malaysia