CFN – A Regional Artist, Charlotte King and I shared some time together a couple of weeks ago to exercise our photographic eyes and take advantage of a bright Sunny Spring day at a local City of Cornwall wooded area, Lynwood Forest. This is an area which I had wanted to visit and explore as this natural area is obviously slated for development judging by the ‘For Sale’ signs and the development that has occurred in the vicinity over the past several years.
With all the clear cutting which has been observed in the rural areas surrounding this city this writer is concerned about the carbon sequestering loss of these trees and more importantly the habitat loss for our community and local wildlife. Do you appreciate the wildlife that shares your favourite spaces?
This could be your backyard, Local Park or favourite outdoor picnic area at work? I know most people do. It lightens their mood and uplifts their days.
To maintain/accommodate a diversity of wildlife in any area requires an approximate 35% forest coverage. There are municipalities in Eastern Ontario that are painfully below this healthy number.
So as we witness progress making way for new homes, shopping centers and larger mono crops of corn and Soya perhaps it is time to ask ourselves,”what can we as individuals and city planners do to insure we maintain and increase our forest covered areas?”
Do we really need to consider such measures to insure that we do not put species at risk by putting them in a position that they no longer have access to the food, cover and the micro climates necessary for survival?
It is clear to this writer that if we continue to develop areas with our eyes only on the immediate dollar gain, we will loose valuable resources and habitats that are priceless. This spring of 2012, Earth Matters invites everyone to plant hope for tomorrow.
Planting bushes and trees can provide a multitude of benefits to your community, your home, your future and the multitude of life forms that share this living earth with us. Further more, this International Year of the Cooperative would be a perfect time to works with friends, family, co-workers to initiate a project which will insure healthy habitats for the health and benefit of all.
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