Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Technique Could Restore a Big Chunk of Amazon Rainforest

A project aims to replant 70,000 acres of forest.

Amazon rainforest (Photo Credit: Conservation International) Click to Enlarge.
The Amazon rainforest is home to frogs, birds, and monkeys, and to hundreds of billions of trees.

Those trees absorb and store carbon, helping to counter climate change.

But over the past 50 years, nearly a fifth of the Amazon forest in Brazil has been cut down for farming, ranching, and logging.  That’s an area larger than the state of Texas.

Rodrigo Medeiros is with the nonprofit Conservation International.

Medeiros:  “We are working together with several organizations to restore the Amazon rainforest and thereby return to the planet and the people the forest that had been destroyed.”

The group plans to spread seeds from over 200 native species, including grasses and trees, across 70,000 acres.

Medeiros says this method is less expensive and time-intensive than planting individual saplings.  And, he says, it will create a dense, diverse ecosystem.

Read more at This Technique Could Restore a Big Chunk of Amazon Rainforest

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