Can Conservation Restore Old Forest Growth With Human Help

Can Conservation Restore Clean Cut Forests to Old Growth Conditions

Can using conservation  restore to  near old growth conditions by  practicing and using new techniques for changing the configuration of new growth forests. 

Some Canadians have begun changing the footprint of crowded overgrown  “New Growth” forests by making changes they hope will duplicate normal old growth features.  

The problem with new growth trees, when left to themselves as they grow to replace clear cuts…they turn into a solid mass of foliage that blocks  light  reaching the forest floor. 

Below is a picture showing new clear cutting alongside new growth trees from a previous clear cut.  Notice the solid canopy formed by all the same sized trees.

Conservation to restore needed. Clear cutting destruction creates a solid mass of new growth sterile ecosystem
Conservation to restore needed. Clear cutting destruction creates a solid mass of new growth sterile ecosystem

By Calibas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14518481

As stated in an article cited below, light on the forest floor is the source for plants that grow the food for anyone or any animal living below.

Since plants are the only living organism that can produce food from light and remains our only supply of food…if you have no plants then you have no animals…if no animals, there is nothing for the meat eaters to eat.

Under these conditions, all the wildlife who lived in the old forest, but were displaced can never return as this has turned into a  sterile, unproductive ecosystem.

This video highlights some of the efforts by caring men, devoted to trying to correct some of the damage inflicted by clear cut logging.

Along the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada,   ecologists, biologists and others from the Forest Service and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation work together in the hopes of speeding up the natural repair that normally takes 250 years to return a clean cut forest to its old growth condition.  http://upliftconnect.com/can-humans-help-restore-forests/

The ideal way to handle forests would Not include clear cutting which destroys everything and creates an unbalanced ecosystem. 

It not only affects the wild life living there (lost habitat and food), but also creates problems with loss of water management.  

With unrestrained runoff from clear cutting, it damages streams, which affects not only the marine life, but humans who depend on clean reliable water sources. 

Hopefully, today with more people becoming knowledgeable  about  what happens when you destroy instead of make planned use of what Nature has abundantly supplied, we will progress as humans into Caregivers instead of Greedy Destroyers.   

Using conservation to help restore at a faster pace  may be one of the ways that Man can help correct some of the mistakes made in the past.If you can cut 100 years off the estimated 250 years it takes to return a clear cut logging back into an old growth forest…it is certainly progress.  The best progress would be for it not to happen.  Stop the damage before it is done.

Find 7 Ways to Go Green and make a difference, practice conservation restore
Find 7 Ways to Go Green and make a difference, practice conservation restore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of us, working together can make a difference.  Share your thoughts below in the comments and share this post to spread the word to the world.

~Cararta

 

7 Ways to Go Green Without Spending Money

Finding 7 Ways to Go Green that really work, isn’t easy

Go Green  without spending money sounds great, but finding easy ways to make your home and life more environmentally friendly takes work.

Find 7 Ways to Go Green and make a difference
Find 7 Ways to Go Green and make a difference

Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly

We all want to do our part to protect the environment, but without a large paycheck, that can be seem difficult, if not impossible.

But doing your part doesn’t have to be hard. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just have to know which ones to take.

However here are some ideas shared by friends and family.

Use less water.

Saving water is all about small steps,  just to name a  few that will help save big.

  • – Shut off the water while you brush your teeth
  • – Take showers that are a minute or two shorter
  • – Only flush the toilet when you need to
  • – Only run full loads of laundry and dishes
  • – Buy from sustainable producers.

Sustainable producers  are farmers, ranchers, and other producers that use techniques that pollute less and use less water. You can do some research online or ask at your local organic market to find these products.

Use less energy.

If you don’t have the money to buy a hybrid car or convert your house to solar power, you can make a big difference with small changes.

– Buy energy efficient appliances. They may be more expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills.
– Unplug chargers when you’re not using them.

Cell phone and other chargers use up power even if there’s nothing attached to them.

– Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them.

These devices all use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when they are  off, unless their power source is missing.

Go Green by cutting transportation costs.

– Walk or ride your bike for short trips.

– Buy local products.

It takes energy to transport food and other products across the country.

Buying local not only supports your local economy, it helps you  use less energy.

When it comes to saving energy and water, it’s a great idea to get the kids or even the whole family involved.

You can even make it a game.

Have everyone track how much water and electricity they are  using.  Compete to see who uses the least water.  Maybe even award a prize!

Reuse.

Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work on conserving, we often leave reuse out of the picture.

While you can often find tips on how to reuse common products from other people, what you need most is creativity.

With a little thought there are many items around your home that can be reused

  • – toilet paper holders can be used to sow seeds for the vegetable patch.
  • And old yogurt containers can be cut into strip to make plant labels.
  • Old food jars can be refilled with homemade foods or can make great impromptu vases.

Become Inventive and share your ideas!

Become a Go Green Detective When Shopping

Use environmentally friendly products that you find in the stores.

When you go to the grocery store, you probably see more and more “natural” or “eco friendly” products every time.

There are generally two big problems with these products:

  • 1. Just because they’re more natural than regular products, doesn’t mean they’re entirely natural.
  • 2, They’re often expensive.

If you want inexpensive, natural, safe products, why not just make them yourself.  Read the labels of the expensive cleaners and disinfectants and see what you can duplicate!

Cleaner:  Vinegar is a great way to clean and disinfect glass and other surfaces.

Stain Removal:  Need to remove stubborn stains? Just add some baking soda to your vinegar cleaner.

Some quick searching online will lead you to hundreds of other natural safe home-made cleaning products.

We all knowing that going green means better for the environment, but it’s also better for you.

Conserving resources also helps save you money, which is something most of us are happy to live with.

Need some more?

There’s a lot of things you’re already doing. Do you text, or email? That’s environmentally friendly.

Rather than photocopying, try to scan.

Don’t print anything you don’t really need.
Solar chargers and also battery-less flashlights powered by solar!

Yahoo Answers had an answer that was different:

Eat less meat and here is their reason:

Here’s why: In their natural setting, animals replenish the earth as they consume its resources. For instance, cattle eat grass, fertilize the earth with their manure, and work their fertilizer into the ground with their hoofs. Pigs, who have a very narrow temperature tolerance, use hay to keep warm, and mud to keep cool. In a factory farm setting, animals are kept indoors in very tight (hyper “efficiant”) quarters, which are wired up with lighting, heating, and cooling (these huge buildings do NOT run low electric bills), and are fed feedlot style — eating imported food, which takes more carbon to fuel the trucks it was brought in on, as well as the factories in which it was manufactured. Their waste is disposed of rather than utilized for its high nitrogen content which is perfect for fertilizing crops, and ends up as harmful runoff which pollutes waterways. And to top that off, the nitrogen which farmers DO use as fertilizer comes from petroleum, which is just that much more wasted fuel. It’s a vicious cycle — you get the picture.

(https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080710163042AAMyDZi  )

The U.S. Government has a great site dedicated to  Go Green.  In addition to listing websites and other resources for making changes in your home and business, they had this great link:

Check out the Tax Breaks that are available…

Energy Tax Incentives

If you purchase energy efficient appliances or make energy saving improvements to your home or business, you can save money on your utility bills. You can also save more money on these purchases, in the form of tax incentives, such as tax credits and rebates, or sales tax holidays. Use these databases to find out if you qualify for state, local, utility, and federal incentives:

There is also a page or two of listing for every kind of energy savings.

There should be at least 7 go green projects for you on this page, so pick a few and get going!

A long list, but worth sharing with you, especially if you are looking for a way to Go Green!

~Cararta

Green Energy

Wrap Your Home in A Greenhouse

Would You Wrap Your Home in a Greenhouse?

In 1976 Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto  in Stockholm wrapped  their summer home in a greenhouse according to an article written by Yuka Yoneda in 2010 and published in http://inhabitat.com/naturhus-an-entire-house-wrapped-in-its-own-private-greenhouse/

Wrap Your House in a Greenhouse
Wrap Your House in a Greenhouse

A New Way to Insulate Your Home

They implemented this method of insulation, after deciding to use an existing summer home to live in year round.  

Since they were unable to find a lot near their current location to build a permanent home, they took a different approach!  

Since Charles is an engineer, he evidently thinks outside the box plus he was acquainted with an architect who had been designing similar houses since 1974.

 Some changes were made to the home before enclosing it in a permanent greenhouse.  The “roof” was no longer needed so that area was turned into living space and “outdoor” playing space for children.

The greenhouse   is made of extra thick pressure treated safety glass which means if it is broken it shatters into small pieces. 

Compare it to the safety glass used in cars, to give you an idea.  

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago.

Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home.

They are also completely independent from city sewage. Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

* In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.  Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…

Will living in a Greenhouse Save Money

Their results are amazing.  They were able to cut their electric consumption in half.  Also able to reduce the months when they need heat by two. 

A More recent article about their unusual home was featured in In Habitat which emphasized the wrapping as  protection from the cold.  

One of the benefits of the glass enclosure is that it expanded the living area of the home because of added decks, and use of the now flat roof as living space. 

Greenhouse saves on maintenance creates more living space
Wrap Your House in a Greenhouse Greenhouse saves on maintenance creates more living space

Of course they enjoy the benefits of growing vegetables, figs and other tropical plants that normally will not survive the sever winter cold in Stockholm.   

There is an suggestion at  Build it Solar that bubble wrap is being  used to insulate green houses. 

It would be a daunting undertaking to install bubble wrap on this greenhouse.

But Build It Solar wondered if it would work on their  windows in their home. 

Amazingly it made a big difference.  They estimate that their energy savings paid for installing the bubble wrap in just two months. 

There are detailed instructions with some nice pictures on the site.

How to Install Bubble Wrap on Windows as Insulation

 

To make it simple, cut your bubble wrap to the correct size for your window. 

Use a spray bottle and spray plain water on the window and apply the bubble wrap with the bubbles towards the window

Press in place and it usually stays in place. 

No glue needed.   

It seems that larger bubbles give a clearer view, but the small one work just fine. 

Also they added a second layer on top of the first layer when they used the small bubble wrap. 

Apply exactly the same as  when applying to a window.   

Why Haven’t More People Become Interested In Living in a Greenhouse?

It is amazing that this house and its greenhouse haven’t created a stir.

Since there is no exposure to the elements, the house’s exterior is really simple to maintain.  On the wood siding they applied an oil rub and nothing else.

The video on the page explains quite a lot of other things that they have done, even about how they handle waste water from the bathroom.  They have several methods of disposal and use a great deal of the water for growing plants. 

But to me, the amazing thing was the almost  outdoors feeling  you get on the roof and the balconies.  

Summer of course means opening and venting to reduce heat. 

Currently the greenhouse will not totally heat the house in the dead of winter, but if there is sunshine, it certainly lowers the heating requirements.  

I have a small above ground swimming pool and was looked at like I was not all there when I expressed a desire to build a greenhouse over it. 

Just wait till I tell the naysayers  about a house in a greenhouse! 

references:

  1. http://liveoutdoor.us/family-wraps-their-home-in-a-greenhouse-to-protect-it-from-the-cold/nggallery/image/floors/                                            2. http://inhabitat.com/naturhus-an-entire-house-wrapped-in-its-own-private-greenhouse/  3. http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Conservation/bubblewrap.htm

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