Tree Removal News From the Rest of the World
Tree removal in South Africa is one of the more popular activities for people who have recently returned from a holiday or to relocate to the country. It is estimated that at least 5 million trees are removed every year, with a further 1.9 million trees destined for removal in the future as part of a large scale tree programme known as ‘triggers’. This is one of the biggest tree felling programs in the world, which aims to make the country less susceptible to the devastating effects of a tree falling. In this article, we take a look at some of the tree removal and clearance news that has been happening in South Africa in recent times.
Two decades ago, AIDS was spreading through the entire country – it had seemed like the end of the world for the trees in the Eastern Cape. However, a series of tree-planting projects in the Kgalagadi Mountains led to the clearing of many kilometres of roads, and now the entire Eastern Cape has been declared a risk zone for AIDS. The project also cleared an old settlement, which had been in place since the 19th Century. Today, even though AIDS has not reached the extent of its original crisis, many farmers still fear that the Kgalagadi Mountains will be hit by the disease. With that in mind, the Kgalagadi-Bokshedi programme, which is looking to plant trees in the area, has become a target for those opposing the program.
A large scale plan was announced to clear the remaining uncontested land between Kruger and Mokonyane forests in South Africa. Deodar Khomhane, Mokonyane and Stellenbosch regions were chosen, and large areas of land would be set aside to create a buffer zone. A large part of this cleared land has already been earmarked for tree removal – some estimate that up to one million trees could soon be removed from this area alone. The plan has met with fierce opposition, with many residents and organizations opposing the removal of their trees.
However, if you’re feeling brave, take some time out and plan your private safari in the national park. There are two different parks in South Africa: the reserve unit and the theatre. The former is more forested and the latter is less so, and both offer excellent opportunities to photograph exotic flora and fauna. However, the theatre has fewer options for photography opportunities and is considered to be less ecologically sound. Neither park is without problems – the reserve has some of the highest levels of mobile fencing in the world, and fences tend to attract termites. For those who can deal with the insects, however, the park remains a very pleasant place to visit.
Another big new development in South Africa is the construction of a motorway that will connect Vasco Da Gama in the north to Port Elizabeth and Port Louis on the coast. This highway will run alongside existing roads and is expected to reduce journey times and improve safety for pedestrians and motorists alike. This is just another example of tree removal news that we are happy to report back to you. In the past, it was not uncommon for a long, expensive and complicated road project to take years to complete, and the delays could mean extra costs for the budget-conscious traveller.
And finally, here’s one more piece of tree removal news that you may find interesting. A group of local entrepreneurs have formed an eco-tourism business to provide tree removal services at a low, sustainable cost to people living all over the country. This business is a fascinating concept that combines the growing trend of eco-travel with the ancient art of tree removal. If you have some experience in this area and would like to know whether this is something you’d like to consider, why not give it a go? It’s certainly something we’re keen to hear about. For more tree removal news, visit Dirtmaster.