Last night, after attending a rousing NSU Theater production of The Mikado, we stopped by a local establishment at which an area singer was performing. With great earnestness he announced that tomorrow (or today as I write this) was Earth Day. An earnest invocation of Earth Day is never a sign of good music to come. He asked the crowd if we had seen Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and suggested that if we ever have a couple free hours we should watch the film. I was sure that never would I have two hours that free (ok, as one of the few Americans who has read Earth in the Balance maybe I will see the movie). The singer then launched into a song entitled "Money Doesn't Grow Trees." Get it. It's a take on "Money doesn't grow on trees." Genius. Actually, it was a clever song, but factually wrong. It is private land that is more effective in growing trees. Private lumber companies tend to manage their land better than the government manages the public land. There are fewer fires and more trees. Naturally, the lumber companies are interested in the continuing existence of trees, since that's how they make money. So if you want more trees, make it profitable to have more trees. In that sense, money does grow trees.