Tree of Life: The Real Thing


For those of you who just know you feel better when you are in a “green” place, you are right. And this recent research supports that notion.

In places where ash trees are rapidly disappearing (due to emerald ash borers–that we so far do not have in Floyd County, far as I know) there is a measurable decline in overall health.

How Removing Trees Can Kill You | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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