The adventures of Oh, the lonesome tree 1.2
Tuesday April 24, 2012
The same desolate weather this morning, but let's try to keep thinking positively now. Nothing's changed so far. They say : money grows on trees. So there are a couple or more possibilities.
If the loggers are well educated people, with good background in forestry, they will come back, very soon, because they are well aware of the fact that for every tree cut, at least one other must be planted in order to secure sustainability. That is the way the majority of the wood industry thinks, the supply of raw materials for the production of timber- or paperproducts must be secured also in the future. So maybe within another day or two they will be here with young shoots. I hope they will choose for diversity, rather than for monoculture. (Monoculture means : all shoots of the plantation are of the same sort, pine, eucalyptus, poplar, birch etc.). Still : clearcutting, if not necessary because of disease or beetle infection, is not a good system for sustainability.
Another possibility is that the trees have been cut in order to create new soil for industrial agriculture. The old forest is removed and replaced by new cultures, palm trees for palm oil, soyabeans, flowers... or grassland, for cattle. Organisations promoting conservation fight this method of forest cutting because of the destruction of all other living species.
Not only the industrial agriculture causes deforestation. Small farmers may move from one piece of land to another, cutting the trees on it, because the soil is to poor for repeated cultivations. Education of how to fertilize and the introduction of modern agriculture techniques should be promoted to increase the food production.
Another business is the production of firewood and charcoal. Many times the trees of which charcoal is made are just stolen. By the way : do you know that about 10 kilos of wood or more is needed for one kilo of charcoal ?
Mining is one of the other threats for the forests. When the underground contains gas, oil or minerals, the forest may be removed, the soil polluted and infertile for ages.
Deforestation may also be caused by nature itself, floods, hurricanes or lightning which sets the trees on fire. Fires may also be caused by human intervention. During a hot period with almost no rain, the ground is full with extremely burnable materials and dry leaves, people having a barbecue or camp fire should be very careful with fire propagation over the ground.
Before doing anything, let's see what's going to happen tomorrow.
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