posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 02:54 PM
There's no doubt more trees is a good thing...
The loss of rain forest alone has global consequence, and there is concern for deforestation even in countries like Canada.
But is planting trees in backyards enough?
Surely it looks great behind the house and is a joy for the shade in the hot summer. But what about farming? We can't grow trees to eat (other than
fruit) and we'd have to trade beef and grain and corn for apples pears and peaches. I know I'm oversimplifying...but you get my drift.
Every year, hundreds of university students spread out into the wilderness areas of Ontario, where I live, and make much needed tuition cash by
planting thousands of trees each. My youngest son planted over a million by his fourth summer. It is backbreaking work and those young men and women
are toughened after just a few weeks working daylight hours and tenting it the the dark.
Those trees they plant will be harvested in 20-30 years by the companies that contract the planters. It's a good system, but yet, every time I go
into the wilds of Northern Ontario, there seems to be more naked ground. I had the same feeling when visiting BC and Alberta...more mountainsides
scraped bare where once was lush forest.
Great for the treeplanters...not too nice to see.
The point of answering on this thread...imo
I believe one thing we have to do is stop 'generally' building with wood, forget plywood, pine 2x4's or 2x10's and start thinking other available
material. They're stronger and less prone to damp and termites, for instance. Moving away from wood framed houses would certainly impact the
forestry. What would I promote as a good substitute(?)
..heh heh...I'm thinking car tires filled with compacted earth as a good wall. (crappy for wallpaper, though)
Another idea...what is up with a telephone pole needing an entire tree when we mass produce lamp standards for streetlighting...aren't they tougher
than some poor old jack pine anyways?
OK...now I'm ranting...lol
What I really think is wasteful is paper products...and I could go on for an hour...but what is up with reading the newspaper online regularly through
the day but buying the half pound New York Times for the crossword puzzle? Give me a break!
Anyways...I felt like responding to this cuz it sounded like a cry FOR the wilderness and I always perk at that.
[edit on 11-10-2004 by masqua]