National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
helped Kansas Girl Scouts get to
the root of things during the 2013
Girl Scout Week, March 10-16,
celebrating themany ways trees help
sustain local wildlife and enhance
the environment. The annual Girl
Scout Week observance coincided
with National WildlifeWeek, and into
the spring, kids and youth will be
planting 75,000 trees all across the
U.S. – creating wildlife habitat and
contributing towards NWF’s goal
of reconnecting 10million kids with
nature in the next three years.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
plantedmore than 500 trees across
our 80 counties contributing to the
more than 100 events already being
planned across the country including
several in the New York metro and
New Jersey areas in an effort to
restore wildlife habitat destroyed by
SuperstormSandy last year.
Howwas this impactful?
Trees clean the air by absorbing
odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen
oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide
and ozone). In one year, an acre of
mature trees absorbs the amount of
CO2 produced when you drive your
• Trees save water –
trees slows water evaporation. Most
newly planted trees need only fifteen
gallons of water a week.
• Trees shield children from
ultra-violet rays –
UV-B exposure by about 50 percent
which is why they can benefit
schoolyards and playgrounds. Trees
also provide shade for wildlife to
escape the sun’s hot rays while
protecting them fromwild and other
harsh weather conditions.
• Trees provide a canopy and habitat
for wildlife –
sycamore and oak trees
are among themany urban species
that provide excellent homes for
birds, bees, possums and squirrels.
GIRL SCOUT WEEK BRANCHED OUT FOR WILDLIFE
Troop 70161 planted trees at the
Multi-Arts Center in Parsons.
Left: Daisies from troop 40041 brought
trees to their neighborhood in Park City.
Right: Troop 30139 joined with the Tree
Board fromBurlingame to plant trees