Monday, 16 October 2017

When Trees Have Fallen

Trees have been around far longer than us humans. They have filled the earth and made it lush and encouraged other forms of life to grow. They have provided us with shelter and shade from the elements and a source of food among other things. They may fall down on their own or not but still new one grows in its wake. However, as modern life keeps on advancing and the human population also growing, more trees have to give way for civilization to continue.

Many trees have been forcibly cut down to make space for modern developments whether it is for commercial, residential, or agricultural purposes. Yet, it is a depressing thought for environmentalists and virtually all of us who cares for this planet seeing how sparse it already is of trees and other plants. And we are actually paying a high price for this neglect as climate change is no longer just a threat but an actual reality we are living in. While we have come to rely on many of the modern contrivances we are using daily now, some things in this world are irreplaceable and that includes trees that do so much for us without us fully realizing their worth.

Michael Gove has intervened in a long-running battle to try to stop a controversial tree-felling programme in Sheffield.

A number of Sheffield residents have been arrested trying to protect some of the 6,000 trees that face being chopped down as part of a 25-year £2bn highway maintenance scheme called Streets Ahead.

Now the environment secretary has sent a letter to the council demanding an end to the “destruction of thousands of mature trees”, which he said would “damage our children’s rightful inheritance”.

In his letter, addressed to the council leader, Julie Dore, and leaked to the Yorkshire Post, he also expressed concerns about the “transparency in the decision-making process” that identified the trees for the chainsaw.

(Via: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/10/michael-gove-sheffield-tree-felling)

Trees are intentionally cut down especially if they are blocking roads or posing a potential threat in case they accidentally fall down because of strong winds/rain, if they block the view or certain landmarks or if their space is needed to make way for more human progress. Cutting down a tree is understandable in instances where their existence may prove to be harmful to human life or property, other reasons don’t just make sense and not worth it to cut down a tree that has been around for years, decades, or even centuries perhaps.

The felling of 50 trees in De Montfort Hall gardens is under way, despite a last-ditch attempt to have the work put on hold.

Leicester City Council announced last week it intended to cut down a number of trees in the grounds of the popular venue, saying it had become overgrown.

However, councillors representing Castle ward, in which De Montfort Hall stands, said they had not been consulted on clearance work.

Their request for more time to explain the felling to the public was, however, turned down by the council.

The removal of the trees – which are largely purple plums caring from saplings to 40 year-old specimens began on Monday and so far 20 trees have been cut down as part of a £50,000 operation which is likely to take another three weeks.

(Via: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/tree-felling-underway-de-montfort-224269)

Let trees grow in peace whenever possible. Unless they really pose an imminent threat to us, that’s when the option of cutting them down should then be considered. When that happens, do not try to cut it down by yourself because most of these trees are decades and centuries old, so to say they are huge and heavy is an understatement. Let the pros do it for you, so you can fully relax knowing the job is done properly. They can even get rid of big tree stumps so the space is free and open at last. Check this out http://www.allcleartree.com/stump-removal for professional stump removal services at a price you can definitely afford.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Trees Get Stressed Too

Humans often feel stressed today. The challenges of daily living have significantly increased in the presence of modern technological advancements. Thinking about how much cluttered the world has become, it is easy to get lost amidst all the new technologies that define modern living. While we may think it is only us humans that get overwhelmed by the various contraptions we now use in our daily life, we are badly mistaken. There are other living beings that co-exist with us in this planet that is mostly always on the losing end against us.

Plants can’t speak up for itself no matter how much they are also affected by the various environmental stressors surrounding them. They may not be able to speak up and tell us how much they suffer from the neglectful things we do but there are certain tell-tale signs that indicate the level of stress they are feeling because of our doing. This is often seen if trees are neglected and not taken cared of properly. Trees can live longer if trimmed when necessary. http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming can take care of your tree trimming needs. They’re just a phone call away and you don’t need to pay a fortune for their services.

I recently had questions about Autumn Blaze maple leaves turning red. Early fall color in trees has also been reported in other counties.

This is usually a sign that maples and other types of trees are responding to stressful growing conditions such as compacted soils, drought or extremes in temperatures. This may also be a response to mechanical damage.

Tightly compacted soil, consistently wet soils from overwatering and drought are detrimental to maples and other trees.

These conditions can cause trees to lose leaves or develop fall color early in the season. The stress is mainly a response to diminished oxygen or water supply to the roots.

(Via: http://columbustelegram.com/news/local/feehan-early-color-change-signals-tree-stress/article_4e2357c0-e75f-54f2-adbe-79176a46c93f.html)

Seeing these symptoms of stress in trees often indicate that if the conditions in their immediate environment do not change and they continue to be exposed to these dangers and risks, they will become more unhealthy and may even die in the next few months and years or so. Their death is not always sudden because the tree still attempts to cope until it can’t any longer.

As the number of droughts increases globally, scientists are working to develop predictions of how future parched conditions will affect plants, especially trees.

New results published today in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by 62 scientists, led by Henry Adams at Oklahoma State University, synthesized research from drought manipulation studies and revealed the mechanisms by which tree deaths happen.

"Understanding drought is critical to managing our nation's forests," says Lina Patino, a section head in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences, which co-funded the study through its Critical Zone Observatories program. "This research will help us more accurately predict how trees will respond to environmental stresses, whether drought, insect damage or disease."

Adds Liz Blood, director of NSF's MacroSystems Biology program, which co-funded the research, "Droughts are simultaneously happening over large regions of the globe, affecting forests with very different trees. The discovery of how droughts cause mortality in trees, regardless of the type of tree, allows us to make better regional-scale predictions of droughts' effects on forests."

(Via: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242634)

Poor soil, extreme temperatures, and other forms of physical damage a tree may sustain can put it at higher risk of disease and insect attacks leaving these poor trees silently hurting and enduring their own internal battles. We may shrug this off and make ourselves believe that trees getting sick and dying are none of our business, but no, we are all interconnected in this planet and our lives are intertwined in the delicate balance of life. Fewer trees mean not enough plants to suck in circulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and lead to the consequential problem we are now facing – climate change. All these little things add up and we eventually have no choice but to face the music sooner rather than later.

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