bdog wrote:T'was not meant to be a political topic Kurt, but if all you and Ned have are hammers I'm sure it looks like another nail to both of you.
Have at it.
Sorry, I actually think this is an amusing thread, and enjoyed reading all the comments (up to Ned's dumbass "Oh the Irony" one).
My own personal background on this is like rabble's -- growing up in a rural northern area where any fields left alone quickly turned back into forest. Going out into the snowy winter landscape to find, cut, and bring home a tree was one of the more memorable parts of childhood. It's true that the chosen tree had its life cut short, but that's true of most small trees in nature -- they'll be shaded out by faster-growing neighbors, be girdled by porcupines, have their growing tips nibbled by deer, or fall victim to various blights and infections. It ain't easy being a plant; everyone is out to get you.
Post-Christmas, the rapidly-browning tree corpse would get returned to the woods, where its tangled branches would provide a perch for chickadees and jays, as its softer tissues oxidized away to the atmosphere, while the more resistant parts slowly returned to the soil carbon pool, to eventually cycle back into new trees.
In Madison, we usually got our trees from the UW forestry students
, as rabble mentioned, during their annual sale at the stock pavilion out on the west end of campus. It's a good cause
, so if Madison-based forons are looking for a non-artificial tree, check it out this weekend