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Letter: The Welfare of Trees

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To the Editor:

Re “The Secret Life and Value of Trees,” by Timothy Egan (column, June 9):

Understanding the value of trees for humankind requires neither monetizing them nor fantasizing their sentience.

All life on earth is interconnected through a web of ordered energy flow. Trees and other green plants constitute the fountainhead of life-giving energy, harvested from sunlight with almost miraculous efficiency through a quantum-photosynthetic process only recently clarified by scientists.

Animals — especially big-brained creatures like us — may be plausibly conceived as energy-draining eddies among the churning plant-fueled currents of our biosphere’s open solar economy.

If rapacious humans continue to ignore the welfare of trees and their green cousins, that folly will end up closing off the source of our very being.

DONALD MENDER, RHINEBECK, N.Y.

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