For some people it can be seen as a commodity. It has aesthetic value. The tree I know, this one in the park that we had to take down, had lived its course. Some oaks live longer, but this white oak died for whatever reason – disease or old age; I don’t know. But I do know it will have a second purpose: it will be used as firewood. This wonderful woodland sentinel is going to release its energy and continue contributing in beautiful ways.
Used as firewood, it might heat someone’s coffee or be the flame for a first-time camper’s ‘s’more. It might be burned in the Friends Creek workshop, heating the building for the staff as they work during the cold winter months maintaining equipment and managing the park, preparing it for another season of picnics, hikes, and camping.