Tree Resilience

Trees can survive floods, blizzards, soil erosion and human-created challenges for hundreds of years if they are part of an undisturbed forest. By saving our mature forests we are preserving these remarkably resilient self-sustaining eco-systems and at the same time they are slowing the extreme climate disasters, like heat domes, by sequestering up to 70% more carbon than younger trees. Many more images on my YouTube channel.

Proforestation is Part of the Solution

In addition to reforestion by planting, the single most cost-effective and immediate conservation practice is called proforestation, meaning leaving forests undisturbed. By restoring the natural balance of the social network underneath the forest floor the hubs, or mature 'mother' trees, share their wisdom with saplings to help them become resilient as climate changes. To delve deeper into the issue of the importance of saving old growth and legacy forests, here's a glimpse at a US Forest Service paper on the importance of carbon sequestration in mature forests (Jan 2023).

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