AF assists natural regeneration
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
A T9, (Compound leafed) gigantic tree was the emergent canopy structure that provisioned shade for the forest that survived below it. Since it's fell a forest GAP appeared. A forest 'GAP' is inspiring to those of us who are focussed on restoring degraded landscapes using Analog Forest methodology.
This tree approx. 35 -50 years fell over during the heavy rains in December 2019.
In the picture above, we are able to observe a few things.
1. We can observe the SKY, aka the GAP.
A GAP can be created in a natural manner (such as happened above), or by negative human activities such as deforestation. We develop the landscape in accordance to the forest formulas of the region.
What is a forest formula?
2. We also observe the other side of the valley where farming and commercially motivated agriculture maintains the landscape across the river at 1st and 2nd Seral stage of growth (see diagram below)
Maintaining land in this manner with high energy inputs is almost always stunting ecological processes while compromising the magic of Photosynthesis and it's effect on the biosphere.
3. In the picture we can also see farmers who are trained in Analog Forestry methodology. They are stabilizing contours by means of trenching 'coarse wood debris' at the site of the fell. The purpose of this exercise is to increase carbon matter in the soil and provide new substrate for fungal activities on the soil strata.
4. If we look closer at the surface and soil, we will see native pioneer species have started to shoot up and fill in the GAP. Termed seral succession these pioneer species will provide shade and stability for the designs we envision. Analog Forestry is a productive, economically viable community oriented system of sylviculture.
Below : Pioneer forest species such as Litsea ovalifolia / Neolitsea cassia / 'bora' and even baby native vines such as 'kudumirisa' is present in this patch. This patch demonstrates the potential for sector P at Belipola Analog Forest to reach ecological maturity in the fastest possible time.