HERITAGE TREES

Trees and particularly large heritage trees are a very important part of a sustainable landscape. Because of their value and the many decades to hundreds of years for their growth the logging or removal of heritage trees should be only undertaken after serious consideration.

As large trees become scarcer they will add value not only to the properties that maintain them but also to the landscape of Sarteneja.

Conservation of trees is also important to provide critical habitat such as nest sites, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, shade, biodiversity conservation, flowers and fruit, and a liveable environment.

Many birds including the national symbol the Toucan rely on large trees for their nests. Many plants grow over large trees providing habitat for animals.

The removal of heritage trees is an international issue. With their tall canopies basking in the sun, big trees capture vast amounts of energy. This allows them to produce massive crops of fruits, flowers and foliage that sustain much of animal life in the forests.

Their roots extend deep into the ground and recycle nutrients through their leaf, flower, and fruit drop. This not only improves agricultural production and the quality of other vegetation but prevents nutrients eventually reaching the ocean and damaging marine ecosystems.

Really old trees are generally not the best for timber. However, loggers like removing old trees because their branches are dangerous and they may take the place of new growth. Big trees comprise only 2 percent of any forest’s trees but they are crucial to their ecosystem, and store a large portion of carbon thus maintaining the climate.

Big trees around the world in central America, the Amazon, and Africa are in danger as never before. The logging and the building of roads, farms and settlements, and longer and more extreme droughts and the introduction of new pests and diseases are also contributing to big tree's demise.

Due to having tall, inflexible trunks, the biggest trees located at the edges of the forest are also especially susceptible to wind turbulence and to being uprooted. There if possible big trees should be left surrounded by some smaller trees to block the wind. http://www.care2.com/causes/are-the-worlds-big-trees-doomed.html

At 3,500 years old and 118 feet tall, a bald cypress tree known as the Senator was one of the oldest in the country and one of the tallest east of the Mississippi. The Senator was a beloved feature of the central Florida community. Before Disney World was built in Orland in 1955, the Senator was the largest tourist draw for the area. More recently, families visited the park to picnic under the giant tree and school children embarked on field trips to witness one of the last specimens of Florida’s great ancient trees. Many are shocked that the tree — which has withstood hurricanes, disease and the effects of urbanization has probably been deliberately burned down.  http://www.care2.com/causes/3500-year-old-tree-burns-in-florida-arson-a-possibility.html#ixzz1krfbzeju