By Mike Poulin, Justice Resource Manager

Trees are magical, multipurpose creations. They filter air and water, sequester carbon, provide housing for creatures and critters and shade for people and property. Some trees mark the passage of time with new buds in spring, full leafy branches through summer, a cascade of colors in fall and dormant branches in winter. Others greet us with greenery year-round. 

Trees can be an investment. Shade trees can cool your home in the summer while evergreens can provide a break from cold winter winds. Studies have shown that trees on a property can increase the value by as much as 15 percent. 

When you are ready to plant a tree, choose a variety native to your region, because as Marianne told us back in February, “Native plants generally require less maintenance — including the use of pesticides, herbicides and water – since they are adapted to the local climate.” 

So, what are you waiting for? Make plans to plant a tree!