The reservoir's historic structures & ecosystems are an opportunity to create a unique environmental education center for our children & their future.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Trees as a solution

Since this blog's inception, many of the postings have focused on the environmental benefits of the re-forested basins at Ridgewood Reservoir. After today, I will begin a series of entries on the historic significance of Highland Park and Ridgewood Reservoir. I welcome any information, family photographs, articles or links that you would like to share. Until then, here is an enlightening article from the Natural Resources Defense Council that was forwarded to me by a friend.

The Giving Trees
by Sharon Levy

February 29, 2008

For some people forests are measured in board-feet of lumber. For others they're a source of spiritual renewal. But scientists are finding that protecting ancient trees could also be an important new strategy in the fight against global warming.

I climb a long series of ladders that lead to nothing but sky. Wind hums in the struts of the metal tower around me, causing it to vibrate like a giant guitar string and carrying the scent of warm pinesap, which saturates the air of Oregon's East Cascades in late summer. As I move higher, I pass arrays of high-tech gear that swallow samples of air, then analyze the amount of carbon dioxide in each gulp.

You can read the article in its entirety here.

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