John Elliott wrote:Not to rain on your parade, but those golf courses and swimming pools evaporate a LOT of water. That's why they have to keep pulling the water in from elsewhere. A swimming pool can lose an inch of water on a hot, summer day, and most of what goes on a golf course in the morning comes off in the afternoon. In my years living in the desert, the most humid place was not out on a sand dune, or in a canyon with a stream, or even a date grove, it's the damn golf course. Ask anyone who lives near a golf course if their swamp cooler works well, and then wait for the torrent of verbal abuse about how it won't put out cold air.
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:
But I digress...the point was - WE NEED TREES for so many reasons: as part of the hydrology cycle and to build and clean soil, clean stormwater and clean up air pollution. And for some freakin' shade (what don't folks here get about SHADE?)
John Elliott wrote:Are you aware of the Desert Legume Program at the University of Arizona? This isn't the first, nor the last time I am going to give them a plug. One of the finest seed bank programs for desert plants that I know of. Anyone interested in planting trees in the desert should use them as a resource -- collect seeds and send them in; get seeds from them and raise some seedlings.
Brett Andrzejewski wrote:Wow! My home city, Albuquerque, is mentioned in the article about tree loss and evapotranspiration. I can imagine my home town and home state being very different that it is today. Today brown desert fills most of the landscape. Supposedly when the Anasazi were at the height of civilization the land looked very different, trees forests and lots of tiny streams.
Brett Andrzejewski wrote:I am trying to do my part to restore the landscape although as the article mentioned I would be greatly assisted by other Permies planting trees closer to the ocean to allow the evapotranspiration rains to get closer to me. Thank you Arizona, Mexico and Colorado Permies for the extra trees planted and rain collected on the wind. To the people that would receive the "windfall" of my efforts, your welcome Texas and Oklahoma panhandle.
Brett Andrzejewski wrote:The article also really hits home on how the Amazon rainforest can turn from rain forest into desert by lack of evapotranspiration.