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If you are inclined to talk with trees

From: Dr. Jim Conroy and

If you are inclined to talk with trees--and aside from the practical things you can do--here is another way you can help your trees through Hurricane Sandy. (Or send help, if you are elsewhere.) Go outside and walk among your trees and plants on your property. You may also touch them. In your heart, say the following phrases to all your trees and plants. (If you are elsewhere, ask your trees to send these wishes to the trees on East Coast USA.)

1. I care for you. There is a big storm coming.

2. Roots, please grip soil and earth with all your might.

3. Trunk, branches, and stems, please be supple and bend like a dancer.

4. Leaves, please drop if you can, or become slippery and turn on edge so the wind-driven rain slips past you or any snow slips off.

5. Community of Green Beings, please tighten your web of connections.

6. Ecosystem, please become connected and interconnected.

7. Element of Earth, please hold roots tight.

8. Element of Air, please caress, not assault.

9. Element of Water, please flow smoothly over.

10. Element of Fire, please give strength to the whole.

11. Spirit of the Land, please meet the Spirit of the Storm with serenity.

Please do this more than once in the coming days, if you can. When the storm arrives, see to your own well-being first. Continue to send these messages to your trees, even from inside the house or from afar. © Dr. Jim Conroy and

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Monetizing Ecosystem Services

Monetizing ecosystem services of trees might be in the near future.  The City of New York spent $1.2 billion dollars (over ten years) to restore and protect watersheds in effort to avoid spending $8 billion dollars on a new water filtration plant.  Last week, California regulators adopted a system combating climate change that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions and creates market incentives to encourage oil refineries, electricity generators and other polluters to clean up their plants.  Trees are an important part of ecosystem services, especially since the net primary productivity of carbon removal of forests have been found to exceed original estimates.  Is a market for the purchase of forests or trees to offset climate change far behind?  The ecosystem values of urban forests are already being calculated by combining GIS and iTree in innovative programs in San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.  It is yet to be seen how these markets will form and how challenges will be overcome thru the rest of this century, but it appears early signs of monetizing ecosystem services is on the near horizon.  

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