Forest Preservation (AKA: If a Tree Falls In Covington...)

Environmental activists consider forests as one of the top five natural resources on earth. And for good reason. In this section, we will look at how wonderful our forests have been to us, and what we can all do, right here in Covington, to stop their destruction.

There is more to forests than just a massive collection of trees. It is a natural, complex ecosystem, made up of a wide variety of trees, that support a massive range of life forms.

Quite apart from trees, forests also include the soils that support the trees, the water bodies that run through them and even the atmosphere (air) around them. Forests of the world are a natural wonder that humans have sadly taken for granted. Here in Covington, we are trying to do our small part to reverse that trend.

Forests come in many sizes and forms. For example, the piece of land with huge trees and many animals, birds and water bodies running through it in a part of Kenya can be called a forest. In the same way, the large belt of thick, evergreen trees running from Peru to Brazil (called the Amazon Rain Forest) is also a forest. 

It is estimated that two-thirds of the world's forest is currently distributed among 10 countries. 

Forests are hugely important for life on earth. This is because they serve as an ecosystem, and sustain life for millions of animals, birds and animals that live in the rivers and streams running through these forests. It also does a lot of good to the atmosphere in climate control, as well as supplying oxygen for human sustenance.

In the next pages, we shall look at the types and importance of forests, the problem of deforestation and its effects, as well as what we can do minimize the consequences. (Information from