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Less Carbon Dioxide Absorbed by Amazon as Trees Die Off – Part Two

Less Carbon Dioxide Absorbed by Amazon as Trees Die Off
Increased mortality rate

It is estimated that in the 1990’s the Amazon absorbed up to two billion tons of CO2 each year but since then, according to the study now absorbs less than half of that.

The study was limited to primary and undisturbed forests, which makes up about 80% of the Amazon. So it doesn’t account for carbon changes, regrowth or deforestation so more research will have to be done in order to provide a more rounded result set but Lars Hedin, a professor of ecology at Princeton University suggests that the research done thus far will form an excellent springboard for a future research and understanding.

He writes: “The CO2 component of climate change may become substantially more difficult to manage and abate in the future if the findings from the Amazon basin apply more generally to the land carbon sink.”

Ian Morgan Arb is committed to Forestry conservation and growth promotion and correctly managing the trees that we have.

Police inspector retires from force to become tree surgeon

Here at Ian Morgan Arb, we see a wide range of backgrounds represented among our recipients of arborist training in Staffordshire, and one national story has highlighted, once more, how someone from almost any past job can end up entering the field.

The Cumberland & Westmorland Herald reported on how Inspector Dave Willets, of Eden policing, is retiring after some three decades in the police force to become a tree surgeon. The decision to switch career evidently wasn’t one taken lightly by Insp. Willets – he had, after all, dreamed of a career as a police officer since watching Starsky and Hutch on television as a child.

As Insp. Willets himself put it, “When I realised I didn’t have enough brains to be a vet and not enough land to be a farmer, I wanted to be a police officer.”

He went on to enjoy a 14-year stint at the Met in London, after applying to 11 forces around the country while still in his teens. His time in London led to his promotion to sergeant at Chelsea and Kensington, with his specialism being public order offences.

It was during his London career that he was known as police constable three, this being abbreviated to PS3. When it was discovered by colleagues that Insp. Willets was indulging his other passion through evening studies in ecology and conservation at Birkbeck College, University of London, he was nicknamed ‘PS Tree’ – which later became his new business name.

Insp. Willets ‘ journey in arb training can be traced back to 2009, when he completed his initial qualification in tree surgery at Myerscough College, Lancashire. He has lived up north since 1999, when a broken leg sustained in London prompted he and his wife to write down a list of the places where they wanted to live – agreeing on Cumbria.

Although he has spent the last four years based in Penrith, which he has called “fantastic”, on his first move from the capital, he lived in the “stunning” area near Ennerdale Water, commenting: “I had some people asking how I managed with the 20-minute commute, although it was nothing compared to what I used to travel.”

We can only welcome Insp. Willets the very best in his future career here at Ian Morgan Arb. In much the same way, we continually welcome new ambitious enrolees on our own arboricultural training in Staffordshire, the first step into what is a hugely rewarding new professional life for many people of the complete range of backgrounds.


Forwarder overturning incident fortunate not to result in injury

Arb Safety NewsAs a leading provider of arboricultural training, our attention was recently caught by news, as communicated in a Safety Bulletin issued by Scottish Woodlands, of a forwarder overturning, an incident that we are fortunate to report did not cause any injuries.

That is all the more remarkable given that the operator of the machine involved – a Valmet 865 – was not wearing his seat restraint, causing him to fall within the cab, breaking a window in the process. The machine was fitted with double band tracks and was carrying a full load of 3.7m logs when it overturned.

While the machine operator was remarkably unhurt, using the door to leave the cab, there can be no doubt that this incident was a near miss – and that it gives much for the recipients of Staffordshire arborist training to learn from.

A one-way loop system was being used to extract the timber that was involved in the incident, having been successfully used on other parts of the same and similar sites by the same harvesting team. The agreed working method entailed the part-loading of the forwarder on the 30 degree slope of the steeper upper sections, prior to topping up to the full load on the lower sections. Unloading then took place at the loading bay, followed by the forwarder’s move back to the top of the loop.

On this occasion, however, a full timber load had been taken on by the operator at the site’s top steepest section. The machine was rendered unstable by the stacking of the load up tight against the bunk head, which was set in the forward position. Greater stability would have been ensured if the bunk head had been set further back, given how much more evenly the load’s weight would have sat over the back wheels.

The operator’s failure to watch/monitor the bunk section while driving forward down the hill meant that the rear section was allowed to snag and drag on a pile of brash, resulting in the tipping of the bunk, which took the cab over with it.

Not only is the Valmet 865 fitted with glass front windscreens, side and door windows that can be broken to allow their use as emergency exits, but the rear windows are also Margard/Safety glass, giving the operator protection during the loading/unloading process.

At the very least, there is a lesson to be learned of the importance of operators always wearing a seat restraint to hold them in the centre of their cab in the event of their machine overturning.

England and Wales revealed to have 280 million trees

England and Wales' trees have been officially countedFor the first time ever, in news that will be of interest to many considering arboricultural training, all of England and Wales’ trees have been officially counted. The wonders of aerial mapping technology have enabled an exhaustive tree survey to be carried out, revealing there to be some 280 million trees in Britain.

Some of the findings of the resultant National Tree Map by Bluesky are surprising, such as the news that Greater London and Surrey boast the highest concentration of trees, more than many of the country’s most rural areas. Greater London’s average tree coverage was 21.5 per cent, with other areas of the capital to rank prominently in the list of 347 districts and boroughs including Camden (16th, with 30.27 per cent), Croydon (18th, with 30.17 per cent) and Harrow (22nd, with 28.1 per cent).

The City of London, however, languished down in 342nd place, due to its meagre 4.38 per cent tree coverage. Every tree measuring three metres or above in height was included in the survey, in which the highest-performing area for coverage was Surrey Heath, with 40.6 per cent, followed by another part of Surrey – Waverley – with 40.2 per cent, and Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, where coverage was 39.8 per cent.

Indeed, of the top 10 ranking areas, seven – also including Runnymede (37.8 per cent), Woking (36.9 per cent), Mole Valley (36.8 per cent), Elmbridge (36.2 per cent) and Guildford (35.8 per cent) – were in Surrey, with Neath Port Talbot in Wales figuring in ninth with 32 per cent, while New Forest, Hampshire’s 31.4 per cent figure was enough for it to round out the top 10.

James Eddy, Bluesky’s technical director, attributed Surrey’s dominance in the rankings to “the big gardens and big houses with all the trees. [In more rural areas] they have taken out huge rows of trees and grown crops — that doesn’t go on in Surrey. We were also quite surprised at London and how green it is.”

Officially the least green parts of England and Wales, meanwhile, are South Holland and Boston in Lincolnshire, where a mere 2.1 per cent tree coverage was recorded. They were closely followed in this ranking by the 2.3 per cent of Fenland in Cambridgeshire and the 2.5 per cent observed for Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Rachel Tidmarsh, Bluesky’s managing director added: “It’s really interesting to be able to blow some preconceived ideas out of the window and dispel many popular misconceptions that surround the way we view the places where we work, live and play.”

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