Earth Day has a special place in the BSA’s culture. As our members know, responsible stewardship of the planet is key to being a good Scout. Since BSA’s early beginnings, Scouts have been caring for the planet. Our “Leave No Trace” principles demonstrate how Scouts show respect for the outdoors when living in it.
For Earth Day this year, we have selected several images and quotes to help us remember who we are what what our part is on this home we call earth.
BSA National High-Adventure Base, the Summit Bechtel Reserve is a phenomenal example of sustainability in Scouting. This February, the Summit officially received certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an organization highly-regarded for third-party forest management standards. SFI recognized the Summit for meeting the Forest Management (FM) Standard in the management of more than 14,000 acres of West Virginia forest where the High-Adventure Base operates.
The Summit joins BSA’s Philmont Scout Ranch in receiving this certification, further demonstrating that environmental responsibility is a priority throughout our organization. In fact, we’re on a mission to plant one million trees at the Summit and other BSA properties.
Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, planners are calling on you to help them achieve one of their most ambitious goals yet —they want to plant 7.8 billion trees. So let’s start now.
Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmful carbon-dioxide(CO2) from the air. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.
Trees help us breathe clean air.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
Trees help communities.
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.
Twenty-two years ago we moved into our home. Each year, we planted four or five trees. Now there are just over 80 trees on our third of an acre.
Planting just a few trees a year really leaves a legacy over time. In fact, my yard produces seedlings at a rate of about fifty a year. So these days, I have to give away trees.
Where to get ’em
- HIgh Mountain Nursery Toll Free: 888-832-1262 (just south of the State Prison) Native trees for as little as a dollar
- Dryland Horticulture, 1759 Garfield Ave., Salt Lake City
- Great Basin Natives, Holden, UT–Follow Great Basin Natives on Facebook
- Grow Wild Nursery, 372 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City
- Springcreek Native Nursery, Heber City, UT
- Wildflowers Unlimited, Hildale UT
- Wildland Nursery, 370 East 600 North, Joseph, Utah
- Wildland Scapes Native Plant Nursery, Moab, UT–strives to produce locally sourced native plants for conservation and landscaping purposes. Follow Wildland Scapes Native Plant Nursery on Facebook
What will you do for the Earth today? I gotta run, there is a tree in the yard that needs a pot so that I can take it to the new house; yep, I am starting all over again.