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YSU symposium offers climate-change answers

DEAR EDITOR:

The YSU Legacy Forest Program on Oct. 16 will sponsor a “Tree Symposium” on climate change, its consequences and how each of us, through planting trees and reforestation, can become part of the solution.

Although most of us are aware the effects of climate change are manifested in rising sea levels, increased frequency and severity of storms, and wildfires, the urgency for action is not a high priority. For most of us, the concepts of time lags, tipping points and positive feedback loops are fuzzy concepts, not necessarily relevant today.

Dr. Dan Herms, vice president of research and development for The Davey Tree Expert Co., will speak on the cause, consequence and solutions to climate change. The tree symposium will address these issues. It also will explore the value of planting trees to mitigate climate change and, most importantly, to discuss and explore the potential for forming a “Tree Coalition” in the Mahoning Valley to facilitate reforestation, tree planting and environmental education about climate change. The symposium is structured to encourage attendee inputs, ideas and experiences.

The symposium will be on the YSU Campus. Register at www.ysu.edu/2021-tree-symposium.

LAUREN SCHROEDER

Steering committee

YSU Legacy Forest Project

Poland

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