Forest Ecosystems are responsible for much of our Climate Physiology. The Ecosystem is a core function of a working Forest. Forest trees begin emitting Oxygen soon after planting However, simply planting trees will not create a working Forest Ecosystem. To accomplish that you must have virtually all the plant species that Nature provides from the smallest Flowers through woody shrubs and understory trees. Then you add the Birds, Animals and Insects. Only then will the synergy of these elements begin a working Forest Ecosystem ….
The working Forest Ecosystem is a virtual clean climate machine. It Cleans the air removing particulate matter, it cools the air and adds moisture. The Forests absorb existing air separating the elements freeing and releasing the Oxygen, disposing of the minor elements and using the CO2 for food to grow. Even the pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is absorbed by the enzyme rich soil and released as harmless nitrogen. Forests release water vapor which rises and forms the clouds ...The working Forest Ecosystem, when restored, will correct climate change ....
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Our project was conceived to rebuild Americas Forests which it will accomplish, However, you can restore a forest and still not have a working Forest Ecosystem ..... You can plant the Forest Trees and just wait, say 50 years or so or you can plant all the sub species necessary For a working ecosystem. Therefore we have expanded our mission to include the subspecies in our inventory. Working in our favor is the fact that over 80% of the subspecies can be planted using natural seed which is currently available providing a significant cost savings.
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In addition to assisting in climate control, forests have other ecological benefits. They prevent erosion by reducing the rainfall's force on the soil's surface and by absorbing water and not allowing it to directly run off and remove topsoil. Forests also act as water filters, collecting and storing water and recharging underground aquifers. Tropical montane forests are especially important to watersheds. Forests also increase the atmosphere's humidity by transpiration, which affects temperature and rainfall.
Forests contain a greater range of biodiversity than any other ecosystems on earth. Only a fraction of the species found in forests have been examined and studied. A single massive tree in the Amazon rainforest can be home for thousands of species. The wide variety of trees and plants found in tropical forests comprises particularly intensive biodiversity. This biodiversity is be important on its own terms in ways we may not currently understand, as interdependent species have evolved over millions of years to interact and flourish.
Humankind derives many benefits from forest ecosystems. Many medicines and pharmaceuticals have been discovered in plants native to forests. Local communities survive on plants and animals culled from the forests. Products that modern society depends on such as wood, paper and bamboo all originate from forest ecosystems. Many other desirable products such as spices, gums and dyes, even your daily vitamins are also found in forests around the globe. Forests are important to humans for aesthetic reasons as well, and ecotourism is one way to use and promote the protection of forests in a sustainable manner.
A Forest Ecosystem can be as small as a tiny Forest Pool or as large as the entire Forest A Forest Biome is generally larger like the Desert Biome or the National Forest System Biome A Forest Biome designates the area and generally does not contemplate the workings within which is what halting Climate Change is all about. It is the Trees and the Forest Ecosystem that prduces the Oxygen, Removes the particulate matter, cleans, humidifies and cools the Air.
The Forest emits Water Vapor which rises and forms the Clouds ... This is the beginning of Forest Hydrology ... and our rainfall
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Our Survivor Tree project is the culmination of over fifty years of research and study. The single mission of this project is to provide the missing link and Automate the Synthetic Seed Process over the broad range the broad range of species necessary for reforestation.
Note: Once our automated process is running your five dollar donation will plant 30 trees. Join us, The American forests need your support ..... Will you join us?
Our project locates the Survivor Trees, produce the seed and then forward it to the US Forest Service for planting . We are funding the project in a manner so that we can do this at little or no cost to the Forest Service.
The initial Survivor Tree Project is a 15 year effort that is estimated to cost $60,000,000. The net return to our Forests as a result of this project is estimated to be over $123,000,000. When the Survivor Tree Project has met it's Goals & completed its mission the entire facility is scheduled to be donated to the US Forest Service.
Note: When the project is complete it will contain sample specimens from all of Americas Forest and Heritage trees and plants as well as Wetland plants and Prarie grasses making it a valuable national resource.