Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mythology & Culture, Prizes & Reforestation

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show --

World traveler, writer, former teacher and librarian Elsie Sze (pronounced “see”) is here today on Conscious Discussions Talk Radio to share information on how world culture attracts today’s readers, the growing interest in history & mythology… We’ll also talk about world peace, bettering humanity and what it means to be human. Elsie will share writing and traveling experiences along the way that influenced wonderful books like Hui Gui and Heart of the Buddah - Join us for our discussion on World Culture's Influence on today's society.

-- Reforestation --

Guest Article - Source:

Reforestation is the rebuilding of existing forests and woodlands which have been depleted. There has recently been an increased demand for reforestation. Whether it is due to global warming, endangered species, or supplies needed in everyday life, such as houses, paper, furniture, etc., reforestation is quickly becoming a reality. The term reforestation can also be referred to as afforestation which is the process of restoring and recreating areas of woodlands or forest that once existed but were once removed or destroyed at some point in the past. The resulting forest can provide both ecosystem and resource benefits such as pollution and dust control.

Reforestation of large areas can be done through the use of rope for measuring the accurate spacing of plants and the use of augers for making the hole in which a seedling, plant or tree can be placed. Indigenous soil inoculants can be also used to increase survival rates in hardy environments.

An issue that has been widely debated in managed reforestation is whether or not the succeeding forest will have the same biodiversity as the original forest. If the forest is replaced with only one species of tree and all other vegetation is prevented from growing back, a monoculture forest similar to a field of agricultural crops would be the result. However, typically reforestation requires that seedlings taken from the area be replanted. More frequently multiple species are planted as well. Another important factor is that natural regeneration of a wide variety of plant and animal species can occur in an open area. In some areas the suppression of forest fires for hundreds of years has resulted in large single aged and forest stands with single species. The logging of small areas and prescribed burning actually increases the biodiversity in these areas by creating a greater variety of trees and ages and species.

Reforestation can be used for more than accidentally destroyed forests. In some countries, such as Finland, the forests are managed by the wood products and pulp and paper industry, where trees, like other crops, are replanted wherever they are cut. In such circumstances, the cutting of trees can be carefully done to allow easier reforestation. In Canada, systematically, the wood product and pulp and paper industry replaces many of the trees it cuts, employing large numbers of summer workers for planting trees.

Reforestation, if several native species are used, can provide other benefits in addition to financial returns, including restoration of the soil, rejuvenation of local flora and fauna, and the capturing and sequestering of many tons of carbon dioxide per year.

There are still some drawbacks and risks resulting from climate mitigation through the uses of forests. There is always the risk that, through a forest fire or insect outbreak, all the stored carbon could make its way back in the atmosphere. By reducing the harvesting rates and the amount of fire suppression, there has been an increase in the forest biomass in the western United States over the past century. This has caused an increase of a factor of four in the frequency of fires due to longer and hotter dry seasons. These new disturbances patterns are changing the view held in the past that vast forest resources anywhere would always play a major role in climate mitigation.

~ - Tn nursery is a state certified tree nursery specializing in native plants and trees,shrubs,fern and perennials as well as pond plants and wetland mitigation species.

-- Don't Forget, This Week's Prize Draw --

The Contest this week is for the following prizes: Jude Treder-Wolff's book - Possible Futures: Creative Thinking for the Speed of Life & a Watch Your Back T-Shirt (medium, large or xlarge sizes) from author Lisa Watson. *See Monday's post for details.

How to enter the random draw: Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (remove spaces before sending) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline will be on Oct 4 - noon (pacific).

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