Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
Our host, Ari Daniel Shapiro, spent time with scientist Dr. Nizar Hani at the
Shouf Cedar Preserve- the largest natural cedar preserve in Lebanon.
View an audio slide show of Ari’s visit to the Shouf Cedar Preserve and hear Dr. Hani explain how the cedar is more than a symbol to the people of Lebanon.
In southern Turkey, a folk remedy known as katran is produced from cedar extract. It’s traditionally been used to protect buildings and boats against insects and fungi, and as an antiseptic for treating wounds in people and livestock.
Lebanese cedars have been harvested intensively for thousands of years for shipbuilding and forests cleared for farming and grazing. Historians have found mentions of cedar forests in decline dating back to the third millennium B.C.
Lebanon cedars can reach a height of thirty-seven meters, or 121 feet—the height of a roller coaster!
Learn more Citizen Science Connections:
Join Project Budburst and report on a tree in your local area (within the continental United States). Send in your observations of when you spot your tree’s first bud, leaf, and fruit. Your data will contribute to a larger project on climate change. Live in the city? See their
urban tree project guide.
In the United Kingdom, sign up to participate in Project TreeWatch, sponsored by the Sylva Foundation. Adopt a tree, then monitor and report on its health.
Science for Citizens
For local projects centered on a smaller region or city, search the database at ScienceForCitizens—there are lots of citizen science projects focusing on trees.