Saint Marys University Adopt a Tree and Ecosystem Services Paper

Style: A full, origin piece of writing, fully referenced (in text referencing using APA format). At least 5 references. Wikipedia should not be used as a reference.

Submit : word document and four photos (Take a photo close up of the leaves or needles, one of the bark, one with you standing beside the tree, one looking out from the tree at the surrounding area)


Description of Tree (approximately 250 words): including general description of tree, species (including scientific name including genus), tree size (diameter-breast-height in cm and height estimate in metres), branches and leaves characteristics, description of the bark).

Description of Biogeography associated with your tree (300 words)

Description of the environment around your tree (other trees? in a park, or yard, or forest). The biogeography of tree species (range, where it grows naturally), native to nova scotia or not, moisture regime (upland or moist sites), the ecology of the tree species, any major threats or pests of the tree (insects or disease).

Values of your tree. (approximately 300 words)

Personal value and connect to Tree

Your views and personal value of this tree. Why did you choose this tree and/ or species? Do you have a connection to this tree?Or connection to the space the tree is in?

Economic or commercial value

How is this species used in a economic or commercial sense? What products are made from this tree (guitars? flooring?, etc.)

Ecosystem services

What values does this species of tree have for carbon storage, water purification, soils, etc. (if you can’t find information specific to your species, talk about broad-leaved or conifer trees in general depending on your species)

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