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Environmentally Friendly Tree Removal in Brisbane

There’s no doubt as to how beneficial trees are. Despite their numerous benefits to the environment, animals, and surrounding plants, there comes a time when removal is necessary. This is particularly the case for trees that are clearly hazardous; having a weak or damaged trunk, and branches that perennially fall posing a danger to humans, animals, and property. Studies are suggesting that sustainable practices in forestry such rotational harvesting and selective trimming can be beneficial in some instances. If you have determined the necessity of removing a tree, the removal methods should still be safe for the environment.
Before embarking on the removal, you must first determine if the tree falls under the protected vegetation categories. If so you must seek the necessary permits as required by the Brisbane tree removal laws. Once this is done, you can turn to the details of how to remove the tree. Here are environmentally friendly tree removal practices:

Do It at the Right Time

Birds use some trees during nesting seasons. If this is the case for a tree you want to remove, you should wait until the nests are no longer being used. Once the birds have fledged, you can have the tree removed.

Use the Right Methods

Big trees are often removed by cutting and the stump being dug out if so desired by the owner. The chainsaw and other gardening tools often used in tree removal are generally friendly to the environment. However, there are instances where chemical methods are employed to kill tree stumps when they aren’t being removed. Here are methods that can be used for killing trees safely without adversely affecting the environment:
• Epsom salt: A mixture of Epsom salt and twice its amount of water can kill a tree if poured over and around the stump.
• Caustic soda: A 1:2 ratio of caustic soda to water mixed and applied to the trunk’s lower portion can kill the roots after several applications.
• Herbicides: An herbicide that has minimal or no negative effects on the environment can be used, according to the instructions, to kill trees.
• Other methods include pouring concentrated nitrogen fertilizers in holes, using stump grinders, removing the inner bark, and covering the stump with dark material that blocks sunlight from reaching it. These methods help to keep the stump from growing new branches.

Replant Whenever Possible

Sometimes, trees are removed not because they are damaged but because they are growing in an undesired place such that when mature they can become hazardous. In such cases and if the tree is still young and able to handle the move, you can replant the tree elsewhere with the help of an arborist.

Felling especially of big trees can be dangerous if done by an inexperienced person who doesn’t have the requisite tree removal knowledge. Therefore, it is better to seek the help of tree removal professionals who will do it right. You can conveniently find experts online at www.protreeremovalbrisbane.com.au. Trees are beneficial while standing but even when felled; there are multiple ways they can be utilized. Find practical ways to use the resulting wood, leaves, and twigs and responsibly dispose of whatever cannot be used.

Eco-Friendly Living: Tips for a Healthier, Green Home

Several human activities impact the environment negatively; from the products, we use to the way we use resources that are now scarce. This is why eco-friendly living and conservation has become so important. There are several ways individuals can promote a healthier environment from within their own homes. Here are some tips.

Healthy, Eco-friendly Products

All homes use one product or the other for different purposes. Common uses include house cleaning, laundry, and bathing. There’s nothing wrong with using different cleaning and bathing products except that many of them have chemicals that have been discovered to negatively impact not just the human health but also the environment either through air or water. The good thing is, that there are a number of green-certified products for a healthier home now available in stores, from bath to kitchen supplies. When these products are released through water into the environment, they won’t negatively impact the air and water quality or affect the plant, animal, and marine life.

Healthy, Eco-friendly DIYs

There are also commonly used ingredients such as lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar that have found alternative uses in cleaning homes, clothes, and dishes to achieve a clean, healthy home and environment. Most of these products are also safe for the skin and respiratory system and are not a problem for those with allergies. Just make sure you dot mix ingredients that can be dangerous such as mixing products containing chlorine and ammonia.

Appliances

Your appliances should be designed and installed with the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in mind. Get energy and water-efficient appliances such as eco-friendly dishwashers, washing machines, driers and air conditioners. When you buy them, keep them clean and germfree. Further, keep them free of mould and odors. For those that you can do without, don’t buy them. Save your money and electricity instead.

Reuse and recycle

By buying long-lasting products such as utensils, and appliances, you will have fewer things crowding your home and little products to throw away that contribute to landfill. Avoiding plastic not only has health benefits for the occupants of your home, but you also don’t have to look for a place to recycle them. Invest in other alternatives such as cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Items for which there are no healthier, eco-friendly alternatives should be disposed of safely by looking for a place that recycles them.

Maintain your roofing and plumbing

Aside from installing eco-friendly roofing and plumbing systems, you need to keep them in the best condition. Ensure there are no leaks because if you have water is leaking from your roof or plumbing fixtures, you may have to contend with a moist or wet floor that needs constant wiping. In addition, such neglect provides a fertile ground for mould to grow, which has serious health implications.

Dispose of toxic substances responsibly

Some building materials, automotive products, pesticides, light bulbs containing mercury, and cleaning products, batteries contain toxic substances and must be appropriately disposed of. Discover which facilities are available in your area to handle such toxic waste. In their absence, try to research on other safe disposal methods that you can use.
There are a lot more ways to achieve a healthy home. Find the ones that you can easily adopt and slowly build towards a green, healthy home.

Conservation Considerations for Local Tree Removal Laws

Environmental considerations for municipal tree Removal is to benefit the surroundings around us. Planting trees is a way to give a healthy environment to the society. As we know global warming is increasing so planting more trees will help save our planet. Laws are implemented to protect already planted trees. In many states for removing an individual tree, you must get a permit. Yes, permission from government officials is required in the removal of local trees. In event of any tree found not being safe for our surrounding is removed by the government officials once the matter comes to their knowledge.

Overall the tree removal process is very easy to proceed with. The permit and permission must be required by law. If any plant planted near power supply due to catching fire the tree will be removed by the organizations providing electric power.

Conserving Plants

As you can see, trees provide the canopy and nurturing for all other plants to thrive.

As per environmental considerations more trees being planted the better it is for an environment. How we can conserve plants really comes down to preserving their environment, and more trees help us create/preserve more environmental surroundings for those plants.  But most of the time companies building homes, factories, or whatever in an area where plants are grown. They must get special permission and follow the laws in their local area. That is the only way they will be allowed to remove the trees. Otherwise, if anyone goes on with the process of removal of trees. They sure will be held responsible by the authorities, and according to the law in their local area, they will be penalized. So before taking on with removing a tree must check out with your local tree removal laws for your area.

When removing a tree an expert must be hired. Make sure you check the expert license so that if any unwanted situation takes place you are not held liable for it. Make sure that your tree expert has valid insurance for their safety so they are covered in case they get injured in the tree removal procedure.

Before removing any tree you must make sure that it really needs to be removed. So environmental consideration must be thought carefully since we need more trees to be planted not to be removed. If in your local area there is a tree on your neighbor’s property which is not safe for you and others. It must be reported to the local authorities. In case due to natural disaster, the tree is landed in your property it will neighbors responsibility to take care of the mess and pick it up. In removing a tree has an impact on the environment so it’s best to consider environment anytime the removal procedure takes place.

The Environmental considerations are highly in effect worldwide in local tree removing processes. The trees are a great way to protect the environment from being destroyed. Cutting down of trees will increase global warming and other issues related to that. With fruits, woods from trees are very useful to mankind. So, its responsibility of humans locally and globally that they should follow proper procedures. The laws for local tree removal are there for better future for us and coming generations..

No Coal Mine Disaster for the Comox Valley

Company unable to answer questions about how much water it would take to wash metallurgical coal, or where the company plans to get the water.

Home of world famous Fanny Bay oysters

About 140 bird species have been recorded at Fanny Bay. The tidal areas are visited by many waterfowl, shorebird species, bald eagles and osprey. Spring herring spawns attract sea lions to Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. California and Steller’s sea lions come to the area around Boyle Point to feed on huge schools of herring found in Baynes Sound during the winter. The Steller sea lion has attracted considerable attention in recent decades due to significant, unexplained declines in their numbers over a large portion of their range. Steller sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The mine would increase not only future GHG emissions by unsequestering 44 million tons of carbon over its projected operation, but if allowed, would have a massive and deleterious impact on the biodiversity and watertable of the entire region.

BCEN Call for Ban on Sour Gas and Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction

British Columbia Environmental Network Proposed Resolution

“WHEREAS extensive environmental and health damages are being caused to the Residents of Peace River Area, their animals, their water and their livelihoods by sour gas wells, pipeline malfunctions, and leaks due to the sour gas industry,

“WHEREAS extensive environmental and health damages are caused by horizontal drilling and high pressure hydrofracturing gas extraction techniques due to the contamination of water, soil and air by the toxic chemicals used in drilling and fracturing, and the naturally occurring toxic chemicals brought to the surface from deep in the ground,

“WHEREAS these environmental and human and animal health damages will have damaging economic consequences on agricultural and residential property use and value, and on farming, tourism, forestry, schools and ecological and recreational businesses,

“WHEREAS the infrastructure costs of building and repairing roads, water treatment facilities, and other public services would far exceed any economic benefit to local communities, and

“WHEREAS it is yet to be proven that the green house effects of the production and use of natural gas produced by horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing are any less than those of the production and use of coal when the life cycle emissions of natural gas production and the higher impact of methane as a green house gas are taken into account.

“Be It Resolved that the British Columbia Environmental Network calls on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia to enact a ban on permitting sour gas wells on Peace River Farmland and on unconventional gas extraction that uses horizontal drilling and hydro-fracturing to explore, mine, or extract gas in the Province of British Columbia.”
Will Koops Hydrofrack

Stop Fracking BC

Federal government gets extension to reply to Burns Bog lawsuit

Stop South Fraser Perimeter Road Petition
The government was given until Jan. 24, 2011 to file a statement of defence to the society’s legal action concerning the South Fraser Perimeter Road project. The government initially had a month to reply to the bog society’s lawsuit filed a few weeks ago alleging Ottawa violated a conservation covenant to protect the bog.

On Novermber 24th Burns Bog launched a lawsuit about the South Fraser Perimeter Road. This road, if built as planned, would go through two wetlands (Burns Bog and Surrey Bend Park), at least three known archaeology sites (Glenrose, St. Mungo’s and Nottingham Farm), and would cross over 100 streams and creeks.

The South Fraser Perimeter Road has been controversial from the get- go, with many people saying it is not needed. Hundreds of homes in Delta and Surrey have already been demolished for this project, let’s hope this lawsuit stops the freeway before any more damage can happen.

Nanoose Bay’s DL 33 Forest Wetlands Logging Permit Signed

Nanoose Bay “The unthinkable has happened,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “By signing off the cutting permit for the endangered forest, one bureaucratic error is now being buried by a second bureaucratic error, that could see the end of one of the last stands of public Coastal Douglas-fir forests in the province.”

“The Ministry of Environment failed to identify this forest as a Coastal Douglas-fir forest (CDFmm) which meant that instead of being included in the Provincial Government’s recent Land Use Order to protect the remaining CDFmm forests on public land, as these forests are in high risk of extinction, the decision for the future of this forest was shuffled off to the Ministry of Forest for logging,” said Tanner.
“We are also alarmed that the approval for logging was granted before the Forest Practice Board’s investigation into three complaints launched by the public that address sustainability issues for that forest,” said Tanner.

DL 33 lies within the boundaries of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere reserve. ( www. mabr.ca ) The connection with the biosphere is significant. The UNESCO designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve is one of 15 in Canada and over 500 world wide. The mandate is to be a model of sustainability with an emphasis on the protection of biological diversity. This brings the Federal Government into the picture as they are signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity. British Columbia also signed on as a province. The province will respond that they set aside 1600 hectares but research has revealed this to be a scam with very little in the way of older forests with the potential to regenerate or protect ecological values any time soon.

The biologist reviewing the cutting plans for the RPF suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. A biologist for the ministry of forests suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. The Forest Practices board has problems with it being cut. The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities passed an emergency resolution asking that DL33 be spared. The Regional District of Nanaimo passed a unanimous resolution to protect DL33. The Town of Qualicum and City of Parksville, are opposed. Scott Fraser the MLA has raised DL33 in the BC legislature. This is public land and it is a total affront and a devious ploy to be making the First Nations the fall guys (faller guys) for destroying their cultural heritage.

With files from Phil Carson and Annette Tanner. For information: 250 752-6585 or cell 240-7470.

For background, go to http://www.nanoosebayforest.com

Agriculture Based Fundraiser to Help Save the Peace River Valley

An agriculture based fundraiser took place in the Peace River valley last summer along Highway 29 at Bear Flat. All proceeds from a 20 acre oat crop were donated to Peace Valley Environment Association to help in the fight to stop the proposed Site C Dam. All equipment use, input cost and land rent were donated by Ken and Arlene Boon, Nick Parsons and Ardill Ranch. Numerous people also donated funds to PVEA to support preserving local agriculture.
A total of $4,285.00 was raised, not bad considering the drought conditions. A similar project is planned for this coming season.
Photo of Nick Parsons combining. Due to large numbers of grasshoppers, the makeshift contraption on front of combine pick up is to encourage them to jump out of the way and not end up in the hopper.

The unique agricultural lands of the Peace River Valley have an enormous potential to increase BC’s food self-reliance… at least 42 vegetables can be commercially grown in the valley.

Although a recent survey indicates that 91% of British Columbians feel it is important for BC to “produce enough food so [it doesn’t] have to depend on imports from other places”, BC continues to rely on imports for approximately 50% of its food supply.

The Peace River Valley contains a substantial amount of exceptional agricultural land, especially on its lower terraces. Approximately 10% of the valley is classified as premium Class 1 agricultural land, accounting for the vast majority of Class 1 land in Northern BC. Approximately 50% of the valley is classified as Class 2 land. Much of this Class 2 land would have agricultural capabilities equivalent to Class 1 land if irrigated.

The Peace River Valley’s climate is among the best in Canada for agriculture. Less than 1% of Canada’s total land base has the Class 1 climate of the Peace River Valley. The valley contains the only Class 1 climate in Northern BC.

Approximately 5340 ha of the Peace River Valley’s land would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir, over 1000 ha of additional land would be impacted by the project’s construction site and transmission line, and additional lands would be marginalized due to sloughing. At least 60% of the land which would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir has an agricultural capability class rating of 1 and 2; and at least 74% has a rating of 1 to 3.

“BC Hydro has suppressed our top-notch agricultural resources in Northeastern BC by buying up land reserve and consequently killing off the market gardens that used to flourish in the valley,” says Project Manager and Professional Biologist Brian Churchill. “The flooding from Site C would take these amazing fields off the map and put them under water. However, if Site C is stopped, once and for all, farmers could reinvest in vegetable crops, and BC residents would have a reliable local food source that actually grows with climate change.”

Victory in the Southern Ocean for the Whales

It’s official – The Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean. At least for this season. If they return next season the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume our efforts to obstruct and disable Japanese whaling operations.

“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled.” Said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”

Australia Conservationists and the Australian government say they are not satisfied with Japan’s suspension of whaling in Antarctic waters and vow to continue their separate campaigns to force a permanent end to the hunt.

“Major cracks are now forming on Japan’s Policy to Slaughter Whales in the Antarctic. I think we are now witnessing the end of whaling in the southern hemisphere. Lets hope!”–Greenpeace Founder, Rod Marining

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke said Thursday that the country would continue to pursue its case in the International Court of Justice to have whaling banned.

“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Paul Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Green Party. We are very grateful to Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our shore volunteers and our supporting members. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”

Welcome to the British Columbia Environmental Network

The time has arrived when we must begin to examine the underlying realities of our relationship to all life around us, the life that we are just beginning to appreciate as the true medium of our innermost identity. We need to move neither further to the Left nor further to the Right – rather, we must seriously begin to inquire into the rights of rabbits and turnips, the rights of soil and swamp, the rights of the atmosphere, and ultimately the rights of the planet. For those in the end are the containers of our entire future evolution, and everything else rests upon whether or not we come to terms with the politics of Earth and sky, evolution and transformation, God and nature. Otherwise, in our lifetimes, we shall suffer the enactment of the saga of Genesis, our expulsion from paradise and the fall of nature itself.

-Robert Hunter

Warriors of the Rainbow – ecobc.org