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Re: Why are Table Mountain's forests being cut down??

Unread post by naturelover » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:04 pm

Hi all

I work for Sanbi (South African National Biodiversity Institute) and I know Tony Rebelo and I have helped with the collection of seeds and plant material as well as the growth of plants for Tokai. It is essential that as much of the Cape Flats sand fynbos is saved as possible it is officially the world's most threatened veg type. Erica verticillata which is currently extinct in the wild is one of the plant species we are try to reintroduce to the Tokai area if this is successful we will be able to down grades its status to Critically Endangered, we are doing this with other species that once occured in the area as well.
Ask not what your plant can do for you but what you can do for your planet.

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Re: Why are Table Mountain's forests being cut down??

Unread post by Joel » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:51 am

Hi Naturelover,

Thanks for that input.
I fully appreciate & support endangered species reintroduction / habitat restoration.
Woudl you have any report avalaible on the great work being done?



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Re: Why are Table Mountain's forests being cut down??

Unread post by LoveCapeTown » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:44 pm

I'm not so sure Yellow-wood trees are the way to go, don't they take forever and a bit to get to any size, never mind becoming a shade tree. Widdringtonia nodiflora The mountain cedar Is also the tree that probably was cut down in large numbers by early colonists for ship building purposes as opposed to the Yellow Wood, and this should be favoured if any trees are to be replanted.

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