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What is the best way to support reforestation?

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#1 Literary Lemur

Posted 20 September 2019 - 08:49 AM

Given the role trees play in the health of our planet how can I, as an individual, support reforestation? Obviously there is also an issue that as fast as trees are planted other land is being cleared.

Where would my contributions have the most impact?


#2 Ozquoll

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:18 AM

I'd be interested to know that too.

Along those lines, the biotic pump theory of Gorshkov and Makarieva is worth looking at: https://www.bioticre...u/pump/pump.php

Unfortunately, being dominated by eucalypts and other fire-hungry species, the sort of forests we have in much of southern Australia don't do a great job of transpiring enough water to keep the biotic pump going.

#3 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:36 AM

Can you try to get the kids school interested in tree planting days?  If you offered to organise the behind the scenes stuff?

At DD's school, each year group spends a day out tree planting every year.  No idea where they go, but they have a good time, and with over 800 students, that's a lot of trees planted.

#4 Literary Lemur

Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:30 AM

I was thinking of something on a bigger scale. I don't know where to start on which organisation would be best to support

#5 decisionsdecisions

Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:31 AM

As a hands on exercise I grow seedlings for Trees For Life (SA).  Year on year that's over 300 native bushes, trees, ground covers going onto farming land or native bush just from me.  Takes a bit of time to set up - filling tubes with soil and babying the seeds to germination but after they do germinate it's only 5 minutes once a day to water them for around two months.

Also have the opportunity to go out and plant what you have grown if you choose to.

#6 Mollycoddle

Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:33 AM

On a local small-scale level there are various social enterprises starting up around the place where replanting is happening.  There have been issues though in our local area that some of the people running these haven't done their research about what they are planting and whether it's sustainable or more desirable than other options that could be planted.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 20 September 2019 - 11:33 AM.

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:44 AM

There is a tree I planted at the site of my old primary school I went to in the 60s.
We all planted trees then, the entire boundary of the land was planted with a tree per student.
This was to 'save the tree' back then.

It seems somewhere we got lost in the middle.

My DD and partner have several trees they must remove on her land to build their new home. For every tree they remove one must be planted at their cost. They get told where their trees will be planted and their place is Mt Baw Baw. Only Gippslanders will know where this is probably.
This has been a great discussion area for them and their kids.

#8 Lifesgood

Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:41 PM

Here are a couple of schemes operating in Australia. Is this the kind of thing you were thinking of?



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