Problem 1. TREE DEATH
In coastal areas such as Redcliffe, one of Queensland’s first developed coastal areas, there is a lack of trees which causes a lack of rainfall.
Decreased rainfall causes a decline in tree health where tree death is inevitable. If trees are the answer to our problem but the problem being that minimal trees are causing many of our last to die, it may be wise that we should start planting correctly & quickly.
The stress on nature is seen in the vision of dead trees.
For the last 26 years, when Russell’s business was pressure cleaning and roof restorations, Russell learned when weather was wet, he could almost always find dry weather on Redcliffe Peninsula. He learned that the lack of trees was the reason why, this is the same in all areas that have been cleared of trees.
Being one of the first developed coastal areas and having cleared & not counter planted, the city is now paying a high price with the lack of rainfall.
The mangroves have also been removed and canals have been placed where they once grew.
By simply planting back trees, the majority of our environmental problems will be solved and will be returned to a healthy & happy state.
Problem 2. DAMAGE DURING WIND & WET WEATHER
Trees find no strength in standing alone in single plantings.
Trees need to be planted in numbers to gain support from one another when in stress to protect themselves from being uprooted due to high winds and intense rainfall which moistens the ground.
Front line trees always cop the brunt of the wind force.
Trees planted in groups stand in strong stead as they support each other during the inclement weather.
Numerous healthy trees, wisely planted, helps the environment and stabilises Mother Nature’s balance, which returns bad weather patterns to its usual equilibrium. Erratic rainfall, drought and bush fire threat would become less of a problem for us all.
We need to remember Mother Nature’s four or five billion year design and return as much land back to her perfect plan she had in place.
When planted correctly these trees in turn protect us, our homes & our families.
Problem 3: NATURAL OR NOT? NATURAL DISASTERS
January 2013 brought an array of disasters & destruction to regional areas throughout Southern Queensland and New South Wales causing massive erosion. Then thousands of trees if not killed during the pressure of flood waters or erosion, were standing in left over silt around two to three metres deep in many areas and this will ring bark and surely kill the rest. This silt is what’s left of the eroded topsoil, the organic growing parts of the soil are now in the ocean.
There are no vegetation plans for the future!
Education and the planting of new trees is the key to revegetation and land protection. If we had more trees, winds, storm and flood damage, would be almost non-existent.
It is not true that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature but if we ignore the call to sustain the environment wisely, we can only expect to see the ongoing effects of our neglect as a penalty.
We are safe in her hands if we oblige her wishes to replenish the land as was given to us.
Our future depends on it!
Problem 4: LAND SLIDES & ABSENCE OF TREES
The absence of trees results in landslides. The roots hold the soil no matter what the steepness may be.
Most landslides are after rain or heavy downfalls when water softens the soil and makes it heavy causing the formation to collapse.
Landslides happen when there are very few or a total absence of trees. Tree roots have a criss-crossing affect over the land area, being either shallow or deep to hold the soil & hillsides together.
Problem 5: RAGING RIVERS & LOSS OF LAND & LIFE
Here’s a disturbing photo showing the outcome of having almost no trees,
all our top soil (land) washing into the ocean during the 2013 Bundaberg floods
Ever wondered about all of that brown water rushing rapidly and vigorously down the streams & rivers and into the ocean after heavy rain or flooding? That is our very precious top soil. Mostly due to all sorts of soil erosion and land wash outs with none or very minimal trees to hold river banks and gullies that catch large volumes of water. Even open grasslands erode when grass is thin or dead when rainfall is minimal. Most of the soil volume which is colour containing all the minerals and nutrients essential to grow plants, is washed into the ocean, leaving behind the heavy sand up to metres deep which in turn kill the river flat. Trees & shrubs die through suffocation & ring barking, these trees are or were the only few trees left in this river system already in minimal numbers before this the January floods doing they’re utmost, to serve as gallant working soldiers to do what they could, to somehow slow down gushing & raging water, & help control erosion are now almost all gone. This is similarly happening all over Australia & the world. But this I believe would be the worst case ever in Australia. The reason, as time goes on, is man’s thoughtlessness & destruction. So, the environment is worsening. Erratic behavioural weather patterns is becoming more common. Our droughts and floods are worsening. Tomorrow could bring anything.
What are we doing to stop this and have some control over tomorrow? It seems in this case the problem has shown itself to be too much. I guess you could say a ‘band-aid effect’ is taking place as a solution. Eroded parkland areas, roads & grass are urgent priority. What happens down the track doesn’t seem to be a thought. I think it is very sad and heart wrenching that we are not living for tomorrow.