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Anytime we're planting trees, that is a good thing. I admittedly had never heard of fire resistant trees. I'd also suggest there are other areas of opportunity that need to be addressed.
That said, check out Ecosia. It's a search engine that plants trees - https://www.ecosia.org/
That is an interesting idea. It would be important to take a systems level view of this to reduce the risk of unintended consequences and worse secondary risks. We (humans) have been known historically to introduce a worse outcome by our short term solutions to certain problems...
Australia has a pretty isolated ecosystem. Koalas have such primitive brains that if you put eucalyptus leaves on a plate, they wouldn't know they are edible, so changing the vegetation would radically change the ecosystem. It's like introducing snakes to eat rodents, and realizing they also eat all the birds.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
It really is very bad to see the news about what is happening in Australia
I will even say distressing
I believe that before starting to plant Fire Resistant and Fire Retardant trees it will be important to carry out an environmental impact study.
Introduce more things to Australia.
I think the records are not good for humans introducing live things in Australia.
Even if the concept of fire-resistant trees is interesting I would not try it.
Hello Jean: I've never heard of fire resistant trees, but I appreciate the comments by my peers who are also quick to point out possible issues or risks such trees could create. I've been wondering since Australia is an island why we don't surround the island with boats and pump water from all sides. Too simplistic of an approach on too big of an island? Australia is about the size of the United States, so it would be nearly impossible to do, but I wish we could do it!!!! Makes my heart hurt for the tragedy surrounding the fires. We need to keep considering all types of solutions! Thank you for sharing yours!
that is a unique idea, but even that presents challenges as the water being pumped in would be seawater and the excess salt might render arable land unusable.
The environment is a complex adaptive system which means that solutions to challenging problems will need to consider many downstream implications.
I would like to reply with a few more questions:
What is the underlying cause of so many fires in comparison to other years?
Why aren't "traditional" prevention initiatives working anymore?
Can we apply here some measures that have been successfully implemented elsewhere with minimal impact/downstream implications?
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