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Is Planting Trees As Good?

Environment  (tags: water, trees, habitat, globalwarming, greenhousegases, forests, ecosystems, CO2emissions, climate )

- 1982 days ago -
We cut down the trees that can handle the amount of CO2 that goes into the atmosphere, and replace them with trees that cannot. Even when companies plant two trees for every one they cut down, it is still 20 percent shortfall.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:37 am
Thanks for this informative article.

We have to keep every tree we can and plant as many as we can.

Ann K (112)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:16 am
Thank you for posting. I purchase recycled paper products only.

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:19 am
What if aliens had come to Earth and were 80 or 90% through with murdering all the adults ? Even if they now started cloning 2 or even 5 'babies' for every one they killed -- would ANYone even for a microsecond consider this to be good?
Ancient Forests - 6000 B.C :: Now [more precisely: a few years ago] ... but this doesn't tell even half the story ...

"" Imagine a time-lapse film of Earth taken from space. Play back the last 10,000 years, at 1 millennium/minute. For more than 7 minutes this looks like a still photograph.
At 7.5 minutes, lands around Athens lose their forests, little else changes.
In the last three seconds (i.e. after 1950) the change accelerates explosively.
Forests disappear so suddenly from so many places, that it looks like a plague of locusts descended on the planet. ""
-- Invaders from their Own Planet (~800 kB jpg)

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:24 am
sorry, bad link (another image murdered by kill2 aka. care2)

Ancient Forests - 6000 B.C :: Now [more precisely: a few years ago]

Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:28 am
Roger M. i agree with you...
Thank you, Jill!

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:13 am
Noted, thanks. Perhaps 3 trees should be planted for every tree that is cut down. But what about the illegal logging that goes on - are those trees replaced with even one new tree?

Ro H (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:23 am

Teresa W (782)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:42 am

Fran F (118)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:15 pm
"Why cut down the forests that have been growing for thousands of years, when we could easily cut down the plantation trees, since they do not provide that much CO2 removal in the first place?" An excellent question.


Robert O (12)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:20 am
Thanks Jill.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:20 am

Ruth L (239)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:05 am
Thanks from a treehugger.

Engele van Zyl (38)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:34 am
noted and shared

Pogle S (88)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:52 am
Another corporate con! I'm not surprised though because it comes from the same people that still support the prohibition on growing hemp!

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:09 am
I wouldn't ever have the heart to cut down any tree, whether forest or plantation. Forest trees are so majestic and beautiful, we should only cut down those which are diseased and for everyday supplies use plantation trees, but recycle whenever possible.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:21 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:27 am
thx for the info

Yvette S (35)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 6:05 am
Thanks for the info

Natalie S (13)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:06 am
Makes for interesting reading. It would be good if we could drastically diminish the number of trees that are felled; however, substitutes might not be so easily available. I think that the best we could hope for would be to make the maximum possible use of whatever is cut down and to start harping that trees too are a scarce resource irrespective of the trees being planted.

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:57 am
It's never as good to cut down existing trees with the excuse of 'plant 2 for every 1' thing. A mature forest of any kind that has never been 'managed' by humans has all sorts of natural biodiversity in it, usually many different types of trees, plants, homes for birds and wildlife in it that have accrued naturally over at least 80 yrs (for short lifespan trees) and much much longer for most other tree species such as 150-350 yrs.
Ever walk through a managed forest or 'tree plantation'? They are monocultures, meaning mostly the same type of trees, which is unnatural usually for that area, which causes unnatural systems of plants and fewer plants and habitat for birds and animals. Besides, a 'managed forest' or 'tree plantation' has the basis for it of being harvested again in the future by humans.
Logging industries have always tried to mimic nature and failed, except in very small areas or small scale operations. Logging for the most part involves large scale industrial deforestation.

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 8:08 am
You could think of any forest with defined borders as really existing and behaving as a single entity. Everything in it, trees, plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc. could be viewed as a single living organism.
What makes it healthy is how biodiverse it is, meaning it has all sorts of different things within it. This allows it to fight off disease, insect pests, inbreeding, foreign species, etc.
When humans decrease or alter that biodiversity look out, it's ability to fight these things off lessens and weakens, which is why pesticides then have to be used, all sorts of other unnatural solutions have to be tried.

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 8:09 am
Protect the trees we have please and also plant new ones too.

Justin M (2)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:09 am

Claudia O (73)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:38 pm
Thank you for an informative article.

Hartson Doak (39)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:58 pm
Of coarse mature tree take in more carbon. Look at the size of them compared to the seedlings that replace them. These little trees will grow and as they do, They'll use more and more carbon. what needs to be done is replace some of the tree usage like paper to Cannabis.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
Yes, we must protect the remaining old growth forests. Yes, I agree with the commentator who suggested hemp as a fast-growing alternative to planting trees to help absorb CO2 out of the atmosphere. We also need to reduce consumption of all resources, and we desperately need to reduce our global population. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, when I cash in my points for rewards, I almost always choose to redeem them to plant trees.

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:35 pm
Good article, Jill. And I do hug a tree every chance I get.

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:25 pm

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:29 pm
I think it's very important to stop deforestation and to deep existing forest systems.

Planting trees is good, but trees and forests take time to grow and develop. It also may be harder for trees to grow on a warming planet, and existing trees may help slow down climate change.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:48 pm
Keep as many trees as we can and keep planting more, don't ever stop. Noted thanks Jill.

Eugene C (3)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 6:10 pm
Thank you, this is an important issue!

Monica D (580)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:11 pm
Yes, protect old growth native forests.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:58 pm
Something to think about

R T (14)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 9:50 pm
The Tree

Let us pause for the taking of inventory
And measure the debt we owe the tree!
For the searching root that knits the soil,
The comforting shade for those who toil,
The air we breathe, natureís greatest gift,
And the leaf that heralds each seasonís shift.
Forget not the fruit that feeds man and beast,
Nor the branch that burns to prepare the feast.
That sturdy frame that builds the home
And the paper on which you read this poem.
The Tree gives all and asks no prize,
Even making the axe that ends its life.

Author unknown

Aditya n (8)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 10:15 pm

. (1)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:11 pm
excellent points raised, although specifics of *why* the replanted trees have less ability to absorb carbon would increase the scientific "muscle" of your cited data - thanks for posting!

irene davis (74)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:24 pm
@Kenneth L. Thank you for your commentary.

Tammy Taylor (12)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:00 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:46 am
Must add - what a beautiful yet sad poem, Robin, thanks for that. The tree gives it's all for us and we do not respect the tree.

Julie W (32)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 3:10 am
As good as what?

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:18 am
Trees are very important for the planet, trees help us to breath clean air.

Bonnie A (76)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:31 am
Thanks important stuff!

Melania P (122)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:04 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 10:00 am
It may not be as good, but it certainly does help. We need to stop cutting more and still plant more!!
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