Planting Trees for Farming and Carbon Sequestration – Emily Unrue

Yesterday we went to a farm where we helped plant trees to construct a natural fence.

Carrying Cuttings for Planting. Last Years Planting is in the Background

This natural fence is used to reinforce an older barbed wire fence that is already in place to contain animals like horses and cows.  We used cuttings from existing trees and planted them about one foot apart along the existing fence.  It was a hot and sweaty morning, with heavy lifting and lots of digging but our contribution has multiple benefits for the community.  First, the fence will contain the animals on the farm as the old fence begins to deteriorate. Second, planting new trees benefits the environment.  Plants take up carbon from the surroundings and sequester, or hold on to, it.  Carbon sequestration helps decrease the negative effects that excessive carbon has on the climate.  New trees grow rapidly, quickly removing carbon from the ambient environment.  Also, since these newly planted trees are permanent the atmospheric carbon captured will be stored long term.  The sequestration of carbon dioxide and other forms of carbon helps to mitigate or defer global warming.

Planting Cuttings for Live Fence and Carbon Sequestration

After planting over 100 trees along the fence line, I inspired a class dip in the stream.  The water was chilly, but it felt so nice in contrast to the sun-baked fields.  It was great to rinse off the sticky sweat and feel the water rushing by.  At night will split up to have dinner with host families.

Cooling Off in the River After Planting Trees
Riley and Svati Enjoying the River

-Rohita Unrue