Day: May 12, 2009

Fast Growth in the Superior Nut Carbon-Offset Forest No. 5

The two photos shown below, depicting the Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offest Forest No. 5, were taken exactly 1 ½ years apart:  the first was taken October 2007; the second was taken on May 2009.  Lining the road are super-fast growing RTT Deglupta hybrids, planted to facilitate early harvest by felling into the road.  Farther to the right and left is a mixture of Klinkii, Deglupta and protected Mahogany, another RTT forest design on 14 acres.  The goal of the RTT applied research program is to design and manage improved sustainable carbon-offset forests for efficient carbon capture and farmer income.

Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offset Forest No. 5; Photo taken October 2007

Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offset Forest No. 5; Photo taken October 2007


Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offset Forest No. 5; Photo taken May 2009

Superior Nut Company Carbon-Offset Forest No. 5; Photo taken May 2009

 

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Food Production for RTT Workers

One goal in designing RTT forests is the production of food for workers. During working hours, workers manage the young plantings, weeding and caring for the young forest trees until they can fend for themselves. After normal hours, they are allowed to plant and harvest crops between the rows of trees.

Rows of corn planted between rows of trees in the Triumvirate Carbon-Offset Forest. Photo taken April 24, 2009

Rows of corn planted between rows of trees in the Triumvirate Carbon-Offset Forest. Photo taken April 24, 2009

The crops include corn (shown at right), yucca, cilantro, pineapple, plantains, bananas and papaya.  Some of the latter two plants are left to grow purposely to feed wildlife.

Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute pointed out in a recent article that “the biggest threat to global political stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause governments to collapse.  Those crises are brought on by rising demand and ever worsening environmental degradation.”

The RTT Model forests help meet the challenges of climate change and local food scarcity in a small way.

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