Alien trees – perspective

A general perception with many folk are to cut and poison what we think of as alien vegetation. We are disconnected from the land, the spirit of nature,we need to urgently learn to observe and react with care, respect and patient unselfish consideration ,remembering that what we do in our short lives can have a devastating effect on nature. Nature continuously works naturally with what is available to Restore the earth. We are so quick to kill alien trees but oh so slow to replant…let us observe how nature does it.

Colette Kemp from Greyton shared this thought provoking video:

Colette demonstrates the value of allowing indigenous vegetation to establish which may not have occurred if the gum trees (aliens) were taken down indiscriminately.

from a social media post by Colette “Are ‘Aliens’ really threatening our biodiversity and water resources? This forest on Rhodes drive above Constantia in Cape Town is typical of many ‘alien’ forests that I visit, and are living proof of Forest Ecologist, Professor Coert Geldenhuys ‘ scientific observations and research that concludes that ALL pioneering exotic forests aid in the natural succession of our riparian Afromontane forest ecosystem.The DEA is therefore contravening our National Forest Act by neglecting to place forests as their conservation priority, and ignoring the advice and empirical evidence of scientists that dont follow current scientific dogma that neglects to recognise that riparian areas in the semi desert Funnos biome (or Ericaceous zone as known in other ecologically degraded parts of Africa) naturally succeed to forest in the absence of fire. The DEA has gone to considerable expense and trouble to convince the People of the Cape that our ‘Fynbos Kingdom’ is the only natural vegetation of value, and has justified culling thousands of hectares of old growth forests, such as this one due to the fact that they ‘replace ‘ the ‘natural ‘ vegetation, or ‘transform’ the environment. What they do, is enrich the soils, and when they mature, develop a stable, shaded micro climate that provides the ideal conditions for the natural expansion and recovery of our Forest ecosystem. The climax vegetation of our riparian biome that is now critically threatened.”


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