It’s no joke; we’ve got plenty of reasons to hug trees. Based on a study by Mid America Regional Council (MARC), which comprises nine counties in the Kansas City metro area, trees cover 18.6% of the MARC region and provide $14 million/year in energy savings. Trees in Kansas City remove about 1 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year and store an additional 19.9 million tons. You can check out the full study at MARC’s Natural Resources website and find alternative ways to “hug” a tree through the Heartland Tree Alliance.
Some trees take on special significance in our history, as well. Signal Oak near Baldwin City, Kansas, played an important role in the pre-Civil War era. It was used to send messages to Lawrence, Kansas. The Black Jack Oak lends its name to two significant sites in Freedom’s Frontier, Black Jack Battlefield and Lone Jack Battlefield.
So go ahead and embrace your inner tree hugger. Share a picture on social media as you Find Your Park!