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Title: Give damaged trees a chance
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Title: Give damaged trees a chance
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: September 29, 1995
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Volume ID: VID00086
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
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Daily News, C

Give damaged trees

Marilyn, the hurricane everyone
said was small, did major destrc-
tion to the Virgin Islands, particu
lary St. Thomas. For me. this was
my first experience being struck by
a sturm. Believe me. it was not
something enjoyable.
My roof partly came off while
water destroyed or damaged per-
sonal belongings. I ended up stay-
ing in my closet for safety. I could
not hold back my tears any longer. I
cried not for myself bu for the peo
ple of these islands, especially the
I must confess, I did some soul-
searching. Although many of us lost
personal things, life is more impor-
Do you recall the story in the
Bible about Job? Job was a man of
great wealth. Like us, he was struck
by a disaster and lost everything.
His wife said, "Job, why not cause
God and die?" However, Job
looked away from his personal dis-
aster. He believed in spite of every


disappointment, crushed hopes, loss
of family, goods, wealth and home
that God would restore his life
Job became wealthier than
before. You sec. God blessed Job
because of his trust in Him. As a
people, our economy will grow and
prosper once we put God first and
believe in ourselves that we will
recover from the storm. Both the
local and federal government are
doing everything in their power to
help us get backon our feet.
Wlle everybody is getting help,
what about the trees? They took a
beating from the storm. In 1989,
Hurricane Hugo brought much

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the mioytn e of the asterel sno-
rooai. With tbhe rcovety laing
pl e ow. any o aoa s (be
.ad. am tre e u aid thp
a chance
Opera'xas of equipmenhod
wind and little ain. Trees were tofU ot t dam
uprooted and blown down. Some M ata showing m an of
species of trees took a long time to 10 ev. rhis speedy recovery of
recover while others recovered a L* de o ,i- we
quickly. With Hurricane Marilyn, nm. eamwn ori r.
we go lots of ain and wind. He hy i add beauty to oar
Whomo d ghways Thley heIlp cool
More tre were destroyed and and c" the air. dueadn sound.
provide shade and do many other
blown down by Marilyn than by hn that benefit rne eoYem
Hugo. First, th physical condition Her is whot you can do help
of the soil was saturated because we 'o' reoneshyr othe, protection
had ots of rain before and during mo e s..t s menot os si'n
the storm. ThI caused many tree Avoid changing te normal
to blow over. Second, many itees ds stn-
Keep pedstrin oor it-
were weakened by Hrricane Hugo So petr amway from we o pre-
and some never fully recovered. v slopco n.p xo
SHelp control air polution by
Furthermore, pests became a eein p Y ar un d.
serious problem because of many with t in and sau -aa
dead branches hanging from the : K Ip" Weerosi n
a sia in yea cholco oa
trees after Hurricane Hugo. law an- d arden coemica. Use
If these trees were pnmed, many om01al2 ao m" CnoTedd Ointh
would have survived Hurricane Treat wound property and
Marilyn. Also, along h hig- R ove injured or disasd
way's soil were removed from brach- before they die. Proem
b bn Lsto t hwe omu or co-
around Ibem to widen roads, build nctb bn*.
sidewalks, et. Ue pope plan g te ue
Loss of these trees diminishes gaid cO is. Unii
V.L. Cooperadve B Servic
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specally with young ames
Estabish a sound maintenance
Pamdoe gsood 1n,1 od d
The life. death. and rbirth of
rem ae timpettat.
Li -w s ~ eoncelved when
poen from the male frnilizes the
Birth tre are born when
teed -erninass.
Oowh ae sow and bloom
when gisal ellnh. L air. and water.
Maturity trees ca lve for
many year when conditions a
good for growth and developmeoL
Aping tee ow old as do
an Uving things.
Deash tees die even though ik
seems they can live forever.
Recycling( awre are recycled
back Into the ecosystem or some-
thnes made into product.
Rebi th-ts re arebabom and o
natural resource is renewd in d
Make Hurricane Marilyn
desustlon an opportunity by lear-
Lng bow we benefit froem Mew.
Oiaor Deais who holds a sm-
tor ficine dgrw in range e
agee ean d f/orestry ecoogy. is a
Sr. CroUt ecologis. activist and

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