Peter Smallidge shared this article with me on the potential carbon sequestration benefits of tree planting:  https://www.sciencenews.org/article/planting-trees-could-buy-more-t...

The article claims that the 900 million hectares suitable for tree planting did not include "natural grasslands".  My guess is that figure includes pasture land in predominately forest-covered regions like the Northeast US, but excludes rangelands used predominately for grazing like parts of the western US, Mongolia, or the Argentine Pampas.  In any case, that number could likely be much higher if we considered the "win-win" opportunities for developing open pastures and rangelands (where appropriate) in to silvopastures.  

I've always thought of the "trees in to pasture" (vs. the "pasture in to trees") direction of silvopasturing as the more challenging of the two.  It ain't cheap or easy to plant trees in sod environments full of herbivores.  If scratching your head why, refer to the article posted elsewhere here on the forum from Graze magazine.  

That said, however, I feel that one of the uncalculated benefits of planting trees in silvopastures is that the trees are often going to be well-managed (they have to be if they're going to survive the establishment phase) and selected for a specific purpose.  A prime example would be nut grove or orchard silvopastures.  

The article in the link above also correctly points out that the benefits of tree planting to mitigate climate change go beyond just the carbon sequestered by the trees.  

Views: 109

Reply to This

Forum

How to measure average amount of sun light hitting silvopasture floor?

Started by Joanne Vaughn. Last reply by Joanne Vaughn Jun 11. 3 Replies

What is a good simple way to estimate the average amount of sunlight hitting the pasture part of the silvopasture over an area of say 10 acres? The goal is to determine if further thinning may be…Continue

Tell NY State Legislature and U.S. Congress what you think about soil health practices and legislation

Started by Nancy Jacobson. Last reply by Wesley Jarrell Jun 11. 1 Reply

Hi All,I work with a nonpartisan organization to lobby for more support for silvopasture and other soil-health practices at both the state and national level. A number of bills and programs have been…Continue

Agroforestry and its Challenges Investigation

Started by Anna Thompson Mar 24. 0 Replies

Hi All,         I am a master’s student at the University of Copenhagen in Agricultural Development.  For my thesis, I am investigating challenges and barriers to the implementation of and transition…Continue

2021 Oxford Real Farming Conference - The Value of Trees in a Hotter Climate

Started by Brett Chedzoy Feb 23. 0 Replies

recording from our session this past January at the ORFC.  We already know silvopastures are awesome, but some great food for thought from the other presenters:…Continue

Members

© 2021   Created by Peter Smallidge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service