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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Clifton, New Jersey, USA

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Clifton, New Jersey, USA


Registered: November 2010
City/Town/Province: Detroit
Posts: 4
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Tree Plantation
Trees are considered as the air pump to our lungs. They use up CO2 and release O2 for us to breathe and get the nutrients we need for our body. More trees mean more clear air. SO our biggest fear should be fewer trees. That is why me and my group decided to plant trees by our neighborhood. We took that fear and did something to relieve from it.
Trees are our airway, our lungs, and our hope to live longer. The two sources of tree damage are either biotic (from living sources) or abiotic (from non-living sources). Biotic sources include insects that bore into the tree, deer that rub bark off, and fungi. Abiotic sources include lightning, vehicles impacts, and construction activities. Construction activities can involve a number of damage sources, including grade changes that prevent aeration to roots, spills involving toxic chemicals such as cement or petroleum products, or severing of branches or roots. Both damage sources can result in trees becoming dangerous, and the term "hazard trees" is commonly used by arborists, and industry groups such as power line operators. Hazard trees are trees that, due to disease or other factors, are more susceptible to falling in windstorms, or having parts of the tree fall. Evaluating the danger a tree presents is based on a process called the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment. Assessment as to labeling a tree a hazard tree can be based on a field examination. Assessment as a result of construction activities that will damage a tree is based on three factors: severity, extent and duration. Severity relates usually to the degree of intrusion into the TPZ and resultant root loss. Extent is frequently a percentage of a factor such as canopy, roots or bark, and duration is normally based on time. Root severing is considered permanent in time. Trees are similar to people. Both can withstand massive amounts of some types of damage and survive, but even small amounts of certain types of trauma can result in death. Arborists are very aware that established trees will not tolerate any appreciable disturbance of the root system. However, lay people and construction professionals are seldom cognizant of how easily a tree can be killed.
If we destroy trees or cut them down for our selfish reasons, then we are reducing our days on Earth. Every time someone cuts down a tree, it feels like they set their own lungs on fire. Trees are one of the most important living things in this world not just us. For what they do for us, we should respect that and leave them alone.
Me and my group planted 11 trees so far from where we live and hope it grows and stays strong. So letís step up and give these remarkable creatures a chance to live.
Date: November 10, 2010 ∑ Views: 3799 ∑ File size: 37.6kb ∑ : 350 x 263 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 100
Volunteers: 5
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 17 to 18
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