Andrew Morse wrote:
1. Reforestation tourism... Perhaps an effort could be made along with the reforesting to create backpacking trails. While building these trails forest management and reforestation with edibles can be accomplished. Then while backpacking tourists can eat and be given education and instruction on reforesting and asked to plant seeds of what they eat as they continue to travel. This could go in a million directions, but a thought that would appease money makers and environmentalists alike.
I am really very excited about the possibilities here...
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:What about the pine beetle where you are ? Any effect yet?
Are you using the shorter shrub hazels more commonly grown for their nuts, or Turkish Tree Hazels?
Daniel Kaplan wrote:So far about 8 of the almonds came up and none of the hazelnuts. Not really surprised by the later since it's not really their climate but I figured it was worth a try.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:
Do the trees you mention (mesquite, palo verde, ironwood and mistletoe berries) reseed themselves ? are there small trees growing underneath them - grown by themselves from seed?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Do you think the zai pits mentioned here help?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Are there wild squirting cucumbers growing in the area?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:When you say, you have been letting trees slowly repopulate your land - can you send some photos and let us know what comes up by itself with any help from you (anything - shrub, tree, plant).
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Has anyone in the area planted very closely spaced trees like mesquite or palo verde - and I mean closely, like three feet. I wonder how this affects the micro climate and the trees - what do you think will happen - will the trees survive? will this help speed up soil improvement or simply use up all moisture and kill the trees?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:How do cactus pads do there, and is there a tradition of using them for food?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Do you have any capers growing there and is that a possibility - Rebecca Norman is growing the in the Ladakh desert - see.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:We all should discuss the use of superabsorbent hydrogels - fully organic will come to the market soon - supposedly they have the ability to hold 300 times their weight in water and release it slowly when the trees need it. What their use how they can be used to reforest remains to be seen - new technology needs to be fully investigated, and looked at somewhat with a healthy degree of suspicion/curiosity.