For its annual National Wildlife Week, the National Wildlife Federation is putting the focus on animal habitat. The theme this year is Branching Out For Wildlife.”
The federation’s goal is to plant 75,000 trees to mark the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week.
The event takes place March 18-24.
• Trees clean the air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone). In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles
• Trees save water. Shade from trees slows water evaporation. Most newly planted trees need only 15 gallons of water a week.
• Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, which is why they can benefit schoolyards and playgrounds. Trees also provide shade for wildlife to escape the sun’s hot rays while protecting them from other harsh weather conditions.
• Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife. Oak trees are among the many urban species that provide excellent homes for birds, bees, possums and squirrels.
Learn more at nwf.org.