Tree planting is the process of transplanting tree seedlings, generally for forestry, land reclamation, or landscaping purposes. It differs from the transplantation of larger trees in arboriculture, and from the lower cost but slower and less reliable distribution of tree seeds.
In silviculture the activity is known as reforestation, or afforestation, depending on whether the area being planted h…as or has not recently been forested. It involves planting seedlings over an area of land where the forest has been harvested or damaged by fire or disease or insects. Tree planting is carried out in many different parts of the world, and strategies may differ widely across nations and regions and among individual reforestation companies. Tree planting is grounded in forest science, and if performed properly can result in the successful regeneration of a deforested area. Reforestation is the commercial logging industry’s answer to the large-scale destruction of old growth forests, but a planted forest rarely replicates the biodiversity and complexity of a natural forest.
Because trees remove carbon dioxide from the air as they grow, tree planting can be used as a geoengineering technique to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It’s not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. In fact, some claim can be made that our mother’s and father’s ancestors climbed trees – another debate for another site.Still, trees are essential to life as we know it and are the ground troops on an environmental frontline. Our …existing forest and the trees we plant work in tandem to make a better world.Trees Produce Oxygen
Let’s face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breathe.Trees Clean the Soil
The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.Trees Control Noise Pollution
Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff
Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by a forest or by planting trees. One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground water-holding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.Trees Are Carbon Sinks
To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a global warming suspect. A forest is a carbon storage area or a “sink” that lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process “stores” carbon as wood and not as an available “greenhouse” gas.Trees Clean the Air
Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.Trees Shade and Cool
Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees break the force of winter winds, lowering heating costs. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be “heat islands” with temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.Trees Act as Windbreaks
During windy and cold seasons, trees located on the windward side act as windbreaks A windbreak can lower home heating bills up to 30% and have a significant effect on reducing snow drifts. A reduction in wind can also reduce the drying effect on soil and vegetation behind the windbreak and help keep precious topsoil in place.Trees Fight Soil Erosion
Erosion control has always started with tree and grass planting projects. Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil. Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.Trees Increase Property Values
Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighborhood. Trees can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more.Today Forests have undergone decline and shrinkage. Forests in Tamilnadu have been neglected and destroyed by modernization, Industrialization and legislation. Also, threatened because of increasing pressure from population and livestock. Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram of Tamil Nadu, are sufferers of poverty and vulnerability due to critical climatic change today. Without wind and fresh air, the body is more vulnerable to attacks by disease. Mission is “To plant 100,000 plants “.
Most people assume that global warming is caused by burning oil and gas. But in fact between 25 and 30 percent of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere each year – 1.6 billion tones – is caused by deforestation. Trees are 50 percent carbon. When they are felled or burned, the C02 they store escapes back into the air. Accordingly, some 13 million ha of forests worldwide are lost every year, almost entirely in the tropics.
There are loads of disadvantages. We need trees to breath and cutting down forests results in fewer trees. Trees take in carbon dioxide so if we get rid of forests more greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere resulting in global warming. Animals need homes and shelter, many species of birds, insects, snakes and other animals live in the forest. Deforestation also drives climate change. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts. Deforestation is very bad for the environment. The world’s tropical rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate.How to stop deforestation?
Human Welfare Trust says one easy way to combat deforestation is to plant a tree. But we can take it one step further by making sure the choices we make at home, at the store, at work, and on the menu don’t contribute to the problem. Here’s what we can do about deforestation.
Trees are critical for healthy and vibrant communities. Planting trees helps make cities clean and green, but protecting the trees we already have may be even more important: large mature trees provide many more benefits than smaller young trees.
girl-hugging-treeResearch shows that mature trees capture more carbon, filter more particulate matter to reduce air pollution, capture more stormwater, create shade to mitigate the impact of urban heat islands and reduce energy use, and many other environmental and health benefits.
If you’re concerned about trees in your community being removed, here are steps you can take for trees on public and private land.If the city is removing a street tree:
Find out why the tree is being removed. Many cities post information regarding tree removals online, as well as dates for public hearings.
Be aware that sometimes trees need to be removed. They may be dead, damaged, or diseased. They may pose a serious safety hazard. The wrong species may have been planted, or the tree may have been planted in an inappropriate location.
Check local municipal code for any tree protection ordinances. Ensure that appropriate municipal codes are being followed. Most codes can be found on your city’s website or check here. Contact the city department responsible for removal. Call your local division of urban forestry for information about street tree removal. You can also write a letter of objection to your city forester. Get a list of state urban and community foresters. Contact your City Council representatives. It is their job to help you communicate with the city and represent your interests. Explain your concerns and reasoning, and be persistent.
Talk with your neighbors and inform them about any public hearings. They may not know about the tree removal and the benefits that will be lost. Urge them to contact elected officials and speak up. The more people expressing concern in the community, the better the chance of saving the tree.
The facts are in your favor. Consult some of ACTrees’ documents and research on the benefits of trees to help make your case. Money talks. Determine the dollar value of the benefits provided by the tree in question using the National Tree Benefit Calculator. Start a petition. Include names and contact information of supporters to send to your City Arborist or City Council representative. Get the media on your side. Contact the press about the tree removal to help generate awareness and explain why this tree is important. A newspaper article, letter to the editor, blog post, or TV news story can go a long way.
If the tree must be removed, work with the city or a local nonprofit organization to ensure that another appropriate tree will be planted in the same area or nearby to replace it. Find a tree organization near you.
1.Talk with the property owner to find out the reason for the removal. If the reason is aesthetic, share your concerns and information on the benefits of trees. If they believe the tree poses a hazard of some sort, see if you can compromise or help find a feasible solution to keep the tree.
2.Rally support from neighbors. The collective voice of many neighbors may encourage the property owner to preserve the tree. This may be especially helpful in apartment complexes. A strong response from residents may help convince a building manager or owner to preserve trees.
3.Private trees of a certain species or size may be protected by city law. Check your city’s municipal code for ordinances related to tree protection. If a tree is protected, inform the person planning to remove the tree, as they may not know about the law. If the ordinance is being violated, you can also call the City Arborist for assistance. There may be fines and replacement requirements for removing protected trees.
4.Ensure enforcement of any law. Consult a professional. Homeowners may want to remove a tree because they believe it is poses a hazard or will cause damage to a structure. You can hire an arborist or other tree care professional to assess the situation. They can often find a way to mitigate hazards and save the tree. Keep in mind that there will likely be a fee for the consultation.
5. Find a qualified arborist here or here. If the tree is cut down, consider working with your neighbor or landlord to plant a new tree. Evaluate the site to determine if another appropriate tree can be planted in the same location or nearby. If your city has an ordinance or once one is enacted, help to make your fellow citizens aware of it and involved in enforcing it. You can also check if your city has an urban forestry program. If not, write or call your Mayor and Council to encourage them to create a program to promote and protect the urban tree canopy.