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Standing habitat trunks... How do they benefit me?


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Standing habitat trunks… How does it benefit me?



Have you ever driven down the road and noticed big dead tree trunks standing there seemingly with no real purpose? Did you ever wonder why they were left that way? The fact is when safe to do so a standing dead tree is basically an eco-system all of its own.

A home to birds, bats, insects standing dead trees create a diverse wealth of potential habitat for all sorts of critters. In fact, some of the habitat is so important as some animals will only ever use dead trees for homes; so, without them we run the risk of losing those creatures completely.

Some hollows in trees might take centuries to form in to holes large enough for possums, or sugar gliders or even hollows larger still that are suitable for predator birds such as the Powerful Owl. The Powerful Owl is Australia’s largest owl and makes its nest mostly in vertical hollows of dead trees.

Another reason to retain these habitat trunks is to keep the carbon that has been sequestered out of the atmosphere locked away in carbon stores inside the wood. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to be used as an essential part of the process to create energy for itself, the carbon is utilised by the tree and oxygen is then returned back into the atmosphere as a bi-product. So effectively whilst that tree trunk stands the carbon remains locked away. With the reality of Global Warming knocking at all our doors people are searching for ways to remove Carbon from the atmosphere, yet trees have been successfully undertaking this process for almost 350 Million Years.

So how else may retaining tree trunks benefit you? If the reality of saving the world and providing essential habitat for our wildlife is not a good enough reason, then what about if it was to save you money? Do I have your attention now?

As arborists one part of our work is removing trees that have surpassed their useful life expectancy. They might be dangerous or dying or may have outgrown their immediate environment. Often the most expensive part of this job is removing the actual large trunk wood. So, is there a better way? It is at this time when we may consider the possibility of retaining the standing dead trunk to remain in our environment for the purposes outlined earlier.

So, if you would like to consider the possibility of leaving a tree trunk standing speak to your local arborist today, they will be able to advise you whether your trunk is safe to stand. You may or may not save yourself a little bit of money but you may just help save the world.




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