Among the Trees 🌳
"A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is…
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Preserving “mother trees”, the giant elders of the forest, which professor Suzanne Simard believes play a critical role in maintaining fungal networks, nurturing younger seedlings, & safeguarding millions of tons of carbon stored in vegetation & soil. The goal of the Mother Tree Project is to understand what forests need in a changing climate, so people can play a helpful role in the communities that plants, animals & fungi have fostered for thousands of years.
The idea of planting a trillion trees sounds good in theory... But is it really just an oversimplification of a very complex problem, what amounts to thoughtless marketing & superficial greenwashing? Can mass tree-planting actually cause more harm than good to the many ecosystems it could impact? A closer examination reveals serious questions & issues already being revealed.
Dendrochronology uses the annual growth patterns of trees to date events & environmental changes. The University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is an archive of 600,000 slices & cores of trees, & 100,000 samples of ring-readable charcoal — the largest collection of its kind in the world. Scientists are looking here for clues to climate change. An electronic version will go online this year & allow public searches of the database.
Using Science & Celtic Wisdom to Save Trees | NY Times ~ Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a medical biochemist, botanist, organic chemist, poet, author & developer of artificial blood. Her goal is to combat the climate crisis by fighting for what’s left of the great northern boreal forests & rebuilding what’s already come down. Trees store carbon dioxide & oxygenate the air, making them “the best & only thing we have right now to fight climate change & do it fast,” she said.