I grew up
in Atwater in the Central Valley of California. Blanketing my neighborhood was
a canopy of Mulberry trees. I have vivid memories of climbing the tree in my
front yard, catching tree frogs. Then one day, when I was around seven or so, I
remember them all being cut down. “Mistletoe” was the diagnosis. Chalk it up to
an early lesson in biodiversity. The removal of those trees was devastating to
our community and from an early age trees were important to me.
By Kevin Ziemke
There are many reasons why trees are so important to our world. For me, the most compelling reason revolves around fostering and sustaining healthy communities. My introduction to the wonderfully dynamic world of trees began with bicycles.