It Pays Us More Leave Trees Standing than to Cut Them Down



Best Practices:


1. Better site design can also reduce the need to clear and grade 35% to 60% of total site area.


2. Virginia Model Development Principles state: “Clearing and grading of forests and native vegetation at a site should be limited to the minimum amount needed to build lots, allow access, and provide fire protection. A fixed portion of any community open space should be managed as protected green space in a consolidated manner.”



Better Home Values:

3. Property next to green belts can be 5% to 30% more valuable.


Water Treatment

4.  Congaree Bottom Swamp in South Carolina provides 5 Million dollars of sediment removal.


5. The Peugeot sound area spent 2.3 Billion on storm water retention facilities because they lost 37% of their tree cover over 20 years. Atlanta, Georgia will have to spend 2 billion on storm water retention for losing 20% tree cover. Wetlands were worth about $10,000 an acre in 1980 dollars for storm water treatment.


6. Riparian forest buffers remove an estimated 21 lbs of nitrogen per acre per year for

$0.30 per pound, compared to $3 to $5 per pound for Washington, D.C. area

wastewater treatment facilities (CBP, 1998).



Reduce Heating and Cooling Bills

7. “Energy savings of 10% can result by adding as little as 10% tree cover to buffers near buildings (CBP, 1998).”  Some people and businesses have seen as much as 20%-40% savings.



Reduce Spending to Reduce Taxes

8. A home build without the needed trees left standing “costs that locality $1600 more than is returned in taxes and other revenues said a Prince William County, Virginia report in 1998


9. “The cost to treat the quality and quantity of storm water from a single

impervious acre can range from $30,000 to $50,000 (CWP, 1997).


Control Flood Damage 

10. Farmers in Conservation Program Fared Better in Ohio Floods



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Activist Weekly Feb 2008 Vol 3

Burma, Staples rejects Asia pulp because of Illegal Indonesian Deforestation, Deadliest War Since WW II in Congo for laptop Material, Bush’s EPA loses law suit because it increases Mercury Pollution, Uranium Mining in VA, Mattiponi Reservoir, Island in Clayoquot Sound Saved! Friends of Clayoquot Sound work for other victories to come.

Activist Weekly Feb 2008 Vol 3 Is 2

Global Warming Effects on the Chesapeake Bay

 Global warming effects on the Chesapeake Bay – less Crabs, Rockfish and Winter Flounder.  Some species may not tolerate warming and less habitat for migrating waterfowl.

Chinese Style Recipe from local Soybeans – Mixed Congee

1 Cup local Soybeans ( if you don’t have these in your area.

1 cup Organic 1 minute Oats

2 TBS Org Raw Sunflower Seeds

1 TBS Org Raw Pumkin Seeds

1/4 Cup “Peanut Free Trail Mix” or Gorp.

TBS maple Syrup

1/4 cup grape juice

You can pre-toast all dry ingredients except the soybeans in a large pan with a little oil.  This can be made in large batches used also as breakfest Musili.  The soy beans can be boiled for five minutes in enough water to cover, drained then cooked for twenty five minutes.  Then add one cup of the “Breakfast mixture”, that was toasted, into the boiling soy beans.  Add the grape juice and maple syrup and boil for another ten minutes untill all ingredients are soft still moist and soupy.  Eat cold.

Residents work to Save Conestoga River which has the biggest source of Bay run off for a Small River

This org is spearheading the fix.  They have pictures on their site.   
These guys have another part of the River and are just starting to get a website.
This Explains the Science of the causes and solutions.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

William Kamkwamba’s Malawi Windmill Blog

William Kamkwamba makes a wind mill out of common items and creates electricity for his village.  Other villagers can charge cell phones and have compact florescent lights from this power source.  He seeks to educate others on how to do this.

Smart Growth

Virginia documents that savings to a community by using smart growth.  Smart growth saves a huge amount of money for the tax payers and residents as well as the environment. 

Jellyfish Attack

Jellyfish attack Ireland Waters due to warmer water temperatures from Global Warming.

Victory for Southern Forests with Staples, Home Depot and Officemax

Buy recycled paper at Staples and Office Max.  I just bought recycled printer paper there for a non-profit group.

State of the Chesapeake Bay in 2007

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