Originally posted by stanguilles7
Originally posted by jude11
Even if it worked out to 1 acre per person that we planted....That's a small scale project that many (not all) could attempt and actually carry out.
No matter where you live, plant a few native plants every year. Especially ones that produce food or medicine for people. Learning proper location, etc, is important, but just getting started is the most important.
Study the land. Observe the cycles. Get in touch with native nurseries in your area. Find out what they recommend to plant. A small investment of eve just $20 a year and some of your time can begin to pay off quite quickly.
There is a lot of evidence that the entire Amazon Rainforest is actually a large, distended food forest from peoples now amost entirely decimated. Humans CAN tend the earth for the better.edit on 1-5-2012 by stanguilles7 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by AGWskeptic
It is estimated that as much as 10% of the Amazon rainforest is manmade and shows signs of land management.
It is not only possible, it's required for a healthy ecosystem.
Originally posted by OliverNorthsCat
reply to post by stanguilles7
I seriously find that hard to believe - evidence?
Planting their orchards, the first Amazonians transformed large swaths of the river basin into something more pleasing to human beings. In a widely cited article from 1989, William Balée, the Tulane anthropologist, cautiously estimated that about 12 percent of the nonflooded Amazon forest was of anthropogenic origin—directly or indirectly created by human beings. In some circles this is now seen as a conservative position. "I basically think it's all human-created," Clement told me in Brazil. He argues that Indians changed the assortment and density of species throughout the region. So does Clark Erickson, the University of Pennsylvania archaeologist, who told me in Bolivia that the lowland tropical forests of South America are among the finest works of art on the planet. "Some of my colleagues would say that's pretty radical," he said, smiling mischievously. According to Peter Stahl, an anthropologist at the State University of New York at Binghamton, "lots" of botanists believe that "what the eco-imagery would like to picture as a pristine, untouched Urwelt [primeval world] in fact has been managed by people for millennia." The phrase "built environment," Erickson says, "applies to most, if not all, Neotropical landscapes."
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Shows the power of what any one of us can do.
Nature has an order for turning wasteland or burned over areas in to productive, green spaces.
The first plants to colonize such an area are known as pioneer plants.
Often, these are what most consider as "weeds".
While seen as undesirable in suburban lawns such plants perform the important tasks of stopping erosion, retaining rainwater in the ground and fixing nitrogen in the soil.
Along with grasses these are the plants most easily started in such areas.
Once they have been established (1 - 2 years) the odds of successful tree planting are raised considerably.
If you were to seed your own area I would recommend this method first as I believe you will find it to be the least wasteful of seed and your time.
I have a friend who planted redwoods 40 years ago on his property in Virginia. I only wish I could live long enough to see them mature.