While Governor Rick Perry prays for rain, denies Climate Change…

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 28, 2012
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Worst drought in Texas history kills 301 Million trees. (stateimpact.npr.org)

In one year.

…The survey only applies to trees in rural forest areas. The number of trees in urban settings that were lost to the drought was pegged at over five million earlier this year…

…Edgar estimates that there were already nearly 300 million standing dead trees in Texas before the drought….so…the number of dead trees in the state has almost doubled…

And there are some upsides to all that dead wood. “The standing, dead trees will provide additional habitats for insects, birds and wildlife,” the service says. “Fallen trees will do the same, while also adding structure to the forest floor which helps prevent soil erosion.”

But there are some downsides, too. The service says those trees have trapped a lot of carbon, which they will begin to release now that they’re dead. And they could serve as fuel to wildfires. For that reason, they recommend removing any standing dead trees near homes or recreation areas.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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