Deforestation Essay

1992 words - 8 pages

Jason Hennessee
Axia College of University of Phoenix

“Dad! Dad! It’s opening day! Can we please go to the forest to watch the boats race?” Junior, age 10, was very excited about the idea of watching the boats race from the relative quiet and shade of one of the forests to border the river. “Sissy already has the car packed for the trip, and I think she even remembered to grab the charcoal this time!”
Dean opened one eye. Seven in the morning was a bit early to leave for the boat races thirty minutes away when they started at nine. But, such was Junior’s excitement that Dean forced himself out of his bed earlier than he planned on. “Ok, son. Let’s ...view middle of the document...

“Vanishing Wildlife” hit them both with near tears as Anne’s soft voice went through the story on how birds, deer, raccoons, and other animals were being forced out of the area due to the lack of trees.
Dean asked Anne to call the kids upstairs. He got himself in check for what was going to be a gigantic disappointment in their young lives. Renee, age 8, flopped on the bed and Junior sat by his dad’s legs, automatically knowing something was wrong by his mother’s request.
Dean sighed. “Guys, I know how much you want to go to the races, sit under Old Annie Oakley, and cook out in the forest today. I believe we can watch the boats, but Old Annie Oakley and the forest, well, the papers say they are not there anymore.”
Renee cried out. “No! Old Annie Oakley was the oldest oak tree in the state! They can’t just cut her down!”
Junior, always a thinker, put his arm around his sister. “Nay, it’s deforestation. We have to do some serious work before we leave so we can get this stopped.”
What is Deforestation, and what does it cause?
Deforestation can be considered a modern day plague because it will affect not only the human population but all forms of life. What deforestation means is the permanent destruction of forests and woodlands [ (Collins, 2001) ]. Trees themselves can re-grow and become a forest again with time, but to become the forest that it once was, with all the smaller plant life and animal life is hard to say. The main reason that this is a rising problem that needs to stop or be regulated is that the trees are the planet’s best defense against global warming. The trees take the carbon dioxide which comes from humans and animals, and turns it into oxygen so that they can breathe. Carbon dioxide is classified as a greenhouse gas because it forms a blanket of gas in the atmosphere which captures and retains the heat from the sun. This retention of heat will increase the temperatures around the globe so that it is higher than normal. The trees also provide shelter for animals. Birds, squirrels, and other animals make their homes in trees for protection from predators. The trees in the forest provide shade and cooler temperatures for ground animals and plant life. Unfortunately, the forests and woodlands today are much less than they were only a few years ago.
Even though there are currently laws in effect trying to regulate so that deforestation does not happen. However, between the years 2000 and 2005, the United States lost an average of 831 square miles or 531,771 acres of primary forest [ (Butler, 2005) ]. There is much more that can be done instead of relying on laws. Some of the deforestation is not the result from the lumber industry or paper mills but from nature or negligence. Wildfires caused from a lightning strike or an arsonist can destroy parts or the entire forest. The current fire science teaches fire fighters how to combat these types of fires, but each fire is different. The...

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