Plant Trees on the Interstate Highways

We should begin a program of planting trees in the medians of interstate highways.  This would serve a number of purposes.  I, for one, think it would improve the scenery while driving long distances to see the trees once they become established.

A wall of trees would also serve to block the glare of oncoming headlights when driving at night, which can mesmerize an already tired driver resulting in unsafe driving conditions.  Another safety concern that would be helped by such a program would be the natural barrier that would be created to hopefully block vehicles from crossing the median into oncoming traffic.  How many times have we heard the tragic story of an innocent family being killed because another driver heading the other direction had crossed the median an hit them head-on?!

An additional good reason for the planting of trees would be for the environmental reasons.  Whether you are a believer of Global Warming or not, the additional trees would be beneficial in creating carbon offsets as well as being pleasing to the eye.  Where better to place these offsets than at a source of the problem!  Granted it is not the complete answer to the problem, but it is a step in the right direction!

I would hope that large portions of this project could be funded by private organizations, environmental groups and individual donations.  The contributions could come in the form of cash or in volunteer work to actually plant the trees.  I would also hope that other, state or county owned, divided highways could have this same program initiated.


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