Cayman Islands (May 13, 2007)- Nearly three years after Hurricane Ivan, grass and bush has grown back to pre-storm levels. Trees and mangroves, however, have not. Trees not only help Grand Cayman aesthetically, they also provide shade which helps homes stay cooler, thus saving on electricity. Trees are also an important source of fresh fruit in the tropics, including mango, breadfruit, coconut, lime, soursop and many others.
Trees and mangroves are also the most important line of defense against hurricane winds and storm surge. Trees help to diffuse the wind’s power and the web-like roots of mangroves help diminish the force of storm surge. With another hurricane season almost upon us, it is time for government to consider a national tree-planting campaign.
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