Kalib Burbank




Sharon Academy



For as long as I can remember, there has been a tire swing outside of my house which hung from a big deciduous tree. When I was younger and it was nice out, my brothers and I would go out on the swing. My older brother, Logan, would spin the tire around until the ropes were tight and let it go. The tire would whip around, but I never fell off. With the spinning and swinging, we could get the tire seven or eight feet off the ground. We would only stop playing on it when we all got bored, which was usually when the sun went down. This is how trees help me, but trees also help the environment.

Trees make up a vital part of the natural environment. Without trees to hold the soil, there would a lot of erosion caused by streams and rivers. Trees also turn the carbo dioxide in the air into oxygen for all living things to breathe. The shade created by trees keeps the ground below them cool which helps the animals on a hot day. Animals rely on trees for shelter and food. Even dead trees provide for the ecosystem, animals use dead trees for a temporary home or shelter if it’s storming. One example of food provided by trees is when other food is scares in the winter, deer will eat tree bark. Without trees, the Vermont environment would look vastly different and so would our communities.

Trees have been helping humans as long as humans have been around. Trees allow communities to be built by providing wood for shelter and firewood for warmth. Without trees, we would not have paper for money, books, and newspapers. Paper made it easier to share information between people all over the world. People around the world know of Vermont’s colorful fall foliage and travel here and spend money in local communities. That is how trees help our ecosystem, communities and the people who live in Vermont.