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I enjoyed this permaculturally leaning video.
 
                              
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yes, though I have a knee jerk in trying to convince doubters(yet again), using money as the way to count the cost, kwim?

I will take issue with the simple "forests prevent flooding" thing though. Flooding is a natural process, it mvoes stuff around, washes nutrients quickly into other places, etc. Mostly flooding is a pain in the butt for DEVELOPMENT and human activity.

Forest cover SLOWS the fall of rain so it can soak down into the soil rather than run off the surface. However sometimes the rain just falls too hard n fast, and you WILL get flooded streams/rivers. Sometimes the soil is just saturated and can't soak up more. Forest cover SLOWS the evaporation of moisture from the soil. Yes, trees do store water, but so do "low spots" in the valleys where people like to live.

On the other hand I know it's anal to pick apart an entry level power point  nice intro.

Though it *is* my pet peeve that MOST people(consumers) never go beyond this level and get any sort of understanding/connection with how things are out there--that is what will bite us in the butt.
 
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