Sequestering Carbon  

Trees and forests are the most efficient photo synthesizers of  light and  absorbers of carbon on the land surfaces of the earth.  Forests assist in the essential global recycling of water, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen — without expending fossil fuels.

Protection of photosynthesizing / carbon sequestering forests is critical for the survival of humans on this planet.

Forests stabilize micro and macro climates by:

  • Photosynthesizing sunlight through green leaves
  • Absorbing carbon dioxide from the air
  • Accumulating carbon in standing biomass – roots, stems, branches, and leaves – growing tall canopies for more efficient photosynthesis
  • Evaporating water through leaves to dissipate heat, thus cooling forest areas
  • Recycling water vapor across valleys and mountains increasing precipitation in marginal areas
  • Minimizing soil erosion with layers of leaf litter and growing interlocking root systems that help stabilize seasonally unstable hills and mountains
  • Adding nutrient-rich fallen leaves to soil which becomes humus enabling forest soils to store more water and carbon than most other soils
  • Increasing the capacity of a site to support life, building on itself, stabilizing the site and the biota. Mineral nutrients are conserved and recirculated, offering opportunities for more life.
  • Building climax communities that are stable, self-regulating, self-healing and resilient
  • Assisting in the essential global recycling of water, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen — without expending fossil fuels.
  • Influencing the wind, temperature, humidity, precipitation, soil, and water and energy flow in ways often discovered only after the forests are cut, and these functions are reduced or lost.
  • Maintaining high efficiency, low entropy processes: matter and energy are moved around as little as possible to minimize entropy (waste and disorder), information is moved around as much as possible to maximize synergy (efficiency and cooperation), to minimize entropy (waste and discord).
  • Providing energy for biosphere system maintenance and stability

 

Weather extremes  – temperature, moisture, and wind – are moderated by forests.

The environment for growing food is more stable in forests than in open spaces.

Forests are threatened by climate change – warming temperatures,  prolonged dry spells, high winds.

Forests can be managed to significantly reduce the risk of wild fire and thus enhance carbon sequestration.

  • Trimming of lower branches – up to 9 meters from the ground
  • Composting of woody debris – EM1
  • Adding compost to soil – adding nutrients and enhancing water holding capacity
  • Inter-planting trees that don’t burn
  • Fire breaks in damp gullies and along ridge lines
  • Periodic light burning of litter and undergrowth in designated areas
  • Limiting human activities in forests during severe weather events
  • Educating forest workers and forest community members about the fine art of back burning

 

All community structures built in forest areas should be fire proof.  Small fire shelters for emergency use can be scattered through the forest.

Management activities can be monitored and sequestration of carbon can be  and verified with drones and thermal imaging cameras.