Why we need more reserves
Protect forest instead of replanting
Our Earth is burning
At the moment it is very present and has probably already reached you: Our earth is literally on fire. And there are different ways to help our earth and thus also us. Probably it is the sum of all ideas, projects and initiatives that will bring about a long-term solution. And it is my wish to contribute a part to it! And in doing so, I would like to dare to dream big and far. Because I believe that nature needs big dreams, so that it can get a lot of space again. The first step I would like to take is to protect a forest.
There are already many projects that work to replant forests, but my approach is to preserve it and give it the opportunity to recover on its own and thereby grow again naturally.
I think, it is much more important and significant to preserve forests instead of planting new trees.
Our earth needs a short break. Nature needs a protected framework in which it can recover, regulate itself and breathe again. Thereby it is not necessary that we intervene, but the only thing we need to give it is time and rest. Nature will then show us the right and most natural way by itself and we may follow it.
Even though there are many projects that promote the replanting of forests, I see a much greater advantage in preserving the areas that already exist. If we let them regulate themselves now, they will replant themselves and grow naturally.
Existing forest has only advantages
In an already existing forest that has had time to grow, there are many old trees. These are well rooted and have already mastered the difficult initial phase as a young tree. They have withstood the hunger of deer and insects, have been able to grow up under the shady canopy of their parents, and have been able to grow up at their own pace. The best conditions for a long and healthy life!
Old trees have already experienced dry and wet seasons and are altogether more adapted than newly planted young trees, which have to grow up partly and completely different conditions (no protection and support by older mother trees, etc.). In addition, these trees already sequester CO2 and cover the ground with shade.This is very important because it means that fewer living organisms are active in the soil and the decomposition of CO2 is slowed down, as microorganisms would otherwise break down the important humus.
In addition, rainwater can be better bound in the soil and erosion prevented, which keeps the temperature in the forest cooler than that of its surroundings. This can significantly help against global warming.
Existing forest has only advantages. It already stores Co2 and water and cools its environment. It does everything against global warming.
Habitat for insects
Even if the forest to be preserved is a monotonous forest plantation (mostly conifers), the native tree species will spread again all by themselves. If given the time and rest they need, the seedlings of the native tree species will find the gaps on the ground.
The non-native tree species will die sooner or later due to their bad adaptation. But they continue to have a value because they provide a water reservoir and humus for the following deciduous trees and a habitat for the insects of the forest.
New planting has only disadvantages
New forest is often planted after clear-cutting. However, the heavy forest vehicles have then already compressed the soil and destroyed the sensitive water reservoir. The soil is exposed to unprotected sunlight, which activates the soil organisms and these decompose the so valuable and nutritious hummus layer. This results in a loss of nutrients and the soil’s ability to store water.
It is now very difficult for the newly planted young trees to grow through the compacted and less nutritious soil and they form only shallow roots. This in turn makes it difficult for them to withstand wind and weather. In addition, replanting is often done with non-native species, which have less chance of survival due to their poor adaptation to the environment and exacerbated by climate change. And last but not least: It simply costs more money to replant a forest than if we simply let nature take its own path of re-regulation. And it does this completely free of charge and in a self-evident way!
Nature left to itself
Protect young and old trees
So in summary, new planting is costly, survival rates are lower, area preparation can lead to nutrient loss and a reduction in water storage capacity. It takes decades for a comparable amount of CO2 to be stored. In addition, a newly planted forest area is significantly warmer compared to an old forest. And it can take decades to achieve the same cooling. But, isn’t it so important, especially nowadays, not to warm our planet even more?
And how you can support
How the project is financed
Nature conservation can look so different and opinions about which ways are the best differ. My approach is: nature has the power to regulate itself, to build up and I want to show with my project that we do not need to intervene to help nature. The beginning is the sale of raw wool carpets. Later, other exciting products will follow.