Re: my ongoing service, an update....
- An inspiring email, Michael. I picked up a few acorns a few days ago,
and, as you say, no-one hates trees (I think). Anyone can plant a
Paul Rance/Green Vibrations founder.
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> Lately, I've had a few new communications with folks around the US
> and Britain about planting trees... My estimate is that there are
> about 500 people doing this now and the #s continue to slowly
> MikeThis brief letter describes my service to the environment. It'sthe
> unique in its' simplicity, and effectiveness. Feel free to share
> letter as you wish to. In the brief time that I've been sharing thecones.
> idea, a great many have chosen to do this effortless service .
> thanks and take care,
> Mike Traster
> For the last 6 or 7 years I've been engaged in a "radical" activity.
> It might cost me 3 bucks a year in gas, and 2 hours of my time...
> Up here in Oregon, there are lots of Alder trees... They are fast
> growing robust trees. They grow well in the gulleys, where water
> collects, fix nitrogen to the soil, help retain ground water, and
> cool the ground with shade.
> I collect the mature seeds which look like 3/4 inch long pine
> Each one has about 25 seeds in it.to
> As seed growth varies, I collect from two thousand to 20,000 of em
> yearly. A few times, we've filled up a big shopping bag with them.
> While driving along, I stop safely at the side of the road and cast
> out ten or twenty at a time...over the rail, into the gulleys where
> there are no overhead wires...
> This is not on private property. You get good at it after a while,
> and spotting places to toss seeds next time too :) .
> I see it this way... They can't mow those steep gulleys or develop
> them.. If just one in 200 seed cones makes a tree, I've planted 10
> 100 trees a year. Around year four, they make "copies" ofapple,
> By now, hundreds of trees have grown, and half of them are already
> making many more trees Each year. By the fourth or fifth year,
> mother nature is doing more planting than I am... so we work
> It is a perfect "radical" activity
> no one approves or disapproves of it
> no one gets hurt
> no one is wrong or right
> no advertising is needed...
> The trees are good for you , me, critters, the air, ground water,
> less warming...etc etc..
> It takes no law to do it
> The city council didn't vote on it..
> It's not part of the tax base..
> you don't get taxed for doing it
> Since we live in widely varying climates, you might want to plant
> tree seeds found where you live... oak, maple, alder, horse
> chestnut... chestnut, the list goes on .You might plant local
> peach pear or other fruit trees. A bit of indigenous black berrycountless
> might make a fine perimeter somewhere, bringing cooling shade, and
> fine some food.
> The little gulleys are each a living oasis.... insulated from
> everyone by their closeness to the rail , their small size, and
> steepness , they support life and add to the environment in
> ways . Imagine a couple of effortless hours in a year... with theseof
> One man named Elzeard Bouffier exemplified this idea. While long
> tending a flock of sheep up in the high plains, he planted dozens
> various tree seeds daily. When he had finished he'd planted a
> forest... 20 by 20 miles.... Imagine a 400 square mile forest
> created by one man ....while he was doing his regular work!!
> If you look up "the man who planted trees" you can read about him.
> Enjoy planting trees and the wealth it will create for us all.