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Westport Marsh Sports Rare Tulip Tree

David Brant, executive director of the Aspetuck Trust, recently stumbled upon a massive and stunning tulip tree at the Eno Marsh preserve in Westport. Watch the video on the website to see his observations – made more eye-catching by the simple but clever tool he employs for perspective.

Here are some facts about trees that could help you to look twice next time you observe a magnificent arbor towering high above.

~ Trees renew the air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

~ The amount of oxygen produced by an acre of trees per year equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually.

~ One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.

~ One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

~ Shade trees can make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer.

~ Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.

~ Tree roots stabilize soil and prevent erosion.

~ Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rainwater, as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.

Click here for a preserve map and location (click "maps/Westport/Eno Marsh Preserve" for directions).

The Aspetuck Land Trust Inc., formed in 1966, is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport for the benefit of the public. Through generous gifts of land, continued efforts of volunteers, and cooperation from town agencies, the Aspetuck Land Trust has preserved more than 1,700 acres of land that will be maintained in a natural state in perpetuity.

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