Conn College Arboretum

While Pundits Ponder the Value of Trees, the Trees Quietly Do Their Important Work

Shirley McCarthy Branford Forestry Commission

When my kids were little, they delighted in catching my attention by surprise and then shouting, “Made you look!” They got a good laugh every time I jumped. Perhaps billionaire Bill Gates was playing that game at a September 2023 conference when he called tree planting for carbon capture “complete nonsense.” His comments got a lot of headlines, but . . . 

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