I was disappointed in your editorial, “When Tree Planting Harms More Than It Helps.”

Several positive points were not mentioned: the carbon sequestering value of tree planting, the incredible loss of forest cover since European (human) invasion, opportunities to plant trees in urban and rural areas, and the fact that most top predators live in forests and how beneficial those predators can be in maintaining biodiversity

The editorial focused too much on the cons and not enough on the pros of tree planting. I would love to see an article on new strategies to recreate and restore old growth forests for the future, which I think would give readers a long-term view of tree-planting benefits. It would also be interesting to hear from readers about local tree-planting efforts and how those plantings can be protected from development. That might give us a map of where our future forests will be located.


Rob Shave, Southampton, Ontario