Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 14, 2013

‘Tree Guy’ entertains, educates students

Cordele — Students and faculty at A.S. Clark Elementary School were joined by local Georgia Forestry Commission rangers Monday to welcome the "Tree Guy," Tim Womick.

Womick was the guest of the Cordele Garden Club Arbor Day Committee chaired by Bettye Young, and his visit was sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission in observance of Arbor Day.

A performing artist with 22 years experience, Womick mesmerized the assembly with a fast-paced, highly energetic program geared to "relay the importance of trees in our everyday life and to encourage people to recognize their own roles as stewards of the earth.” 

Students responded in unison by clapping in response to Mr. Womick's engaging drumbeat then respectfully answered tree related questions as "calm, thinking, persons.” 

Eventually seven students and one faculty member became part of the act when they were called to the stage to further develop the theme. Participants demonstrated how various tree parts function. 

The group learned that we live in "urban forests" with trees removing pollutants from the air, producing oxygen, flowers and fruit, shading us from the heat and providing habitat for animals.

We can be fashionable because Rayon is made of a wood fiber, cellulose - the most abundant organic matter on planet Earth.  One third of medicine produced is provided by trees. 

Each person produces  2 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide in a year, and one hard working tree can convert only 13 pounds of that into oxygen. "That's amazing!" was the chant following each revelation.

The forest products industry brings $2.5 billion in revenue to our state each year.  "Logs to Lumber" in the production of wood products, furniture, building materials, sports equipment, pencils etc. requires reforestation. 

Good environmental stewards cut a tree down then replace one, and they don't forget to recycle, says Womick.

At the end of the day, a red maple tree donated by local nurseryman and good steward, Joel Woodard of Woodard's Nursery, was planted in the school yard.





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