At the beginning people lived in caves, but when they started to move they learned to bend small trees together to form a crude house. With this idea, some started to tie the trees together and cover them with animal hides which gave better protection. With the invention of the axe they were able to cut down larger trees and developed a manner in which they could create a more permanent home.
Next with the invention of the saw they could cut the trees into long strips that could be used to make a frame and then covered the open areas with mud and clay. They used wooden pegs to fasten the pieces together, thereby making the house more waterproof.
Todays homes are a result of many generations of trial and error and the modern use of mathematics and geometry, plus new materials. There are large areas in the world where there are no trees so we have developed other ways to make bigger and stronger buildings. This is including concrete and steel. But we still need wood to create things that we can use and feel comfortable with.
The main reason that there are no trees in some areas is because our ancestors needed to use the wood for their houses and barns and to clear the land so that they could raise crops and domesticated animals.
During the reign of Elizabeth the First, the Spanish created the huge Spanish Armada from all the trees for hundreds of kilometer around the southern coast of Spain, more particularly around the port of Cadiz. This has left the area just about nude of trees and the people there have created huge farms and vineyards.
It was said at the time of the American Revolution in 1774 to 1778 that a squirrel could travel from the Canadian border to the tip of Florida without ever having to set foot on the ground. There is no way that this could be accomplished today as there are only a few areas that still have forests. Most have disappeared with people living and working in the cleared portions of the forests.
This is being accomplished today in the jungles of Indonesia and Brazil and if we don’t watch out, they will disappear also. Luckily the governments of these two countries have seen that they do need to do something about it and have started a program that was learned from American tree farms, that you need to plant two trees for every one that is harvested. This will help stop the disappearance of thousands of animals and plants that are unique to the areas where the trees are being cut down, burned and crops grown.
These areas can be used only for a few years before the ground is no longer able to support the growth of crops. If the areas that are no longer used for crops could be replanted, it would help in the removal of carbon dioxide and the green-house effect.
Todays major causes of deforestation are agriculture (64%), the logging industry (18%), fuel wood collection (10%) and cattle ranchers (8%). Over 80% of the world’s ancient forests have been destroyed or degraded by logging. Since 1950, two-thirds of central america’s lowland tropical forests have been turned into pasture areas for raising beef cattle. Through agricultural processes, shifted cultivators cause about 60% of all tropical forest loss. During 1998, in 63 developing countries, approximately 2.2 billion people could not get enough fuel wood to meet their basic needs or were forced to meet their needs by using wood faster than it was being replenished.
So we need to support every effort to help the world and plant a tree in our cities, parks and open areas not used for agriculture or
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