On the Floor with GRIT — The Nature Conservancy in Washington

by Grace Lee Kang, Freelance Author

When Jamie Robertson and his spouse moved into their home in Tacoma, the pair of bigleaf maples residing within the entrance yard welcomed them to their new dwelling. Practically 75 toes in top, the bushes’ branches and foliage soared excessive and extensive, offering shade and cooler temperatures all afternoon to the house and its residents.

However then a number of years in the past, Robertson, a geographer at The Nature Conservancy, began to note a change within the bushes’ well being. He recalled, “If we had arrange a timelapse, you would have seen the injury transfer from one facet of the tree to the opposite in an eerie method—with useless brown leaves on one facet and vibrant, inexperienced foliage on the opposite.” Finally, the tree declined sufficient to require removing.

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