The Importance of Trees
Our ancestors used to worship trees and protect them like their children. It itself shows the importance of trees. Trees provide food, fibres, wood and medicines. They conserve natural resources. By standing in the way of the howling winds they check their speed and the top soil is not blown away. Their roots hold the soil together and even heavy rains fail to wash it away. By checking the speed of the sliding snow they do not allow it to take the shape of havoc-spreading avalanches. Their roots help store water underground. They provide home for the birds, shelter for wild life and recreation spots for vacationists. They provide means of livelihood to countless people. They give us oxygen which is our life breath. Trees loaded with fruits bend. This way they teach man the lesson of humility. It is that man after acquiring qualities must remain humble. Trees, from birth till their death, give one useful thing or the other. So, they are very very special for man.