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Celebrating Three Presidents With Roots in the Forest

forest largerThe United States has been blessed with some great Commanders-in-Chief over the course of our history. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) recently saluted those that have roots deep in the heart of our native forests.

“Which president was a log cabin enthusiast who lived off the land? And which one was inspired on a camping trip to create national parks?” asks SFI, in an article posted on TreeHugger.com

“Many United States presidents have had close ties to forests. For example, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, responsible for planting billions of trees. Benjamin Harrison started a tradition with the first White House Christmas Tree. And Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, 44 years after Yellowstone Park was designated.

“There is much to celebrate when it comes to presidents and trees. This year, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) would like to applaud three U.S. commanders in chief most closely associated with our favorite thing—forests,” SFI writes.

1) George Washington–For Planting

“Washington planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs at his vast Mount Vernon estate. These included acres of fruit trees including apple, pear, peach, apricot and, yes, even cherry. Vegetables were planted in a kitchen garden beginning in 1760, and the same garden has been cultivated continuously since then.

“Washington’s appreciation for sustainability grew a garden that is still productive 250 years later. Similarly, the sustainability practices of SFI will benefit multiple generations and future forests,” SFI writes.

2) Abraham Lincoln–For Living Off the Land and Log Home Living

“Many of us know that Abraham Lincoln lived in, and likely helped build, a series of log cabins into his adulthood. But you may not know that he often lived in temporary shelters with his family for extended periods while the building was taking place. They used the forest for shelter and food, as well as a natural resource for housing materials.
Lincoln is also known as the “rail splitter,” which some mistakenly believe is related to the railroad. It actually refers to his work on the farm splitting rails for fencing, a necessity on the frontier to protect and breed livestock,” SFI writes.

“Lincoln’s reliance on the forest echoes today in the thriving communities that depend on forests certified to SFI for their livelihoods,” SFI writes.

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