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KEEN Connects: The Trees in Our Lives

Trees are always on my mind. As a kid, I climbed a lot of them. I suppose the love affair began with that. Most of us know the forests of the world provide the oxygen we breathe. Many know trees prevent soil erosion and landslides, absorb solar energy, carbon dioxide and pollutants, and release water vapor that becomes rain. When Euro-Americans came to settle the West, they were looking for trees. They used the wood for fuel and to build their houses and corrals. The game they hunted loved trees. These days in Ellensburg, trees still help us decide where to settle. A good friend of mine told me she might not have bought her home when it was on the market if the huge honey locust tree in the

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