At Earth Sanctuary, we have a 500 year plan to return the property to mature old growth forest.
What trees should we plant with 500 years in mind? The problem is complicated by the fact that at Earth Sanctuary, we have seen much longer periods between summer rain in past 10 years. Last summer, we didn’t get any rain for 2 months and then the rain was only about 1/10″. This makes it hard for a lot of plants and trees to survive. The trees that are surviving are the drought tolerant trees such as pines and trees from California like Sequoias.
A few years ago I asked some biologists what they expected the climate to be like in 500 years and they said: “Imagine parrots.” So, we are getting ready for those future parrots. We have just planted two Palm trees in the Earth Sanctuary arboretum as a symbol of climate change and our potential future climate.
For Christmas I got a small Sequoia tree from my daughter-in-law Kat and son Morgan. Morgan is going to make a sign to go beside it: The Ava Pettis Sequoia Tree, named for my granddaughter. Hopefully Ava will be able to watch it grow to ~100 feet in her lifetime. The new Sequoia is now planted at the top of the Celestial trail in the new Earth Sanctuary arboretum beside a boulder cairn. Sequoias seem to do really well at Earth Sanctuary and we are planting more of them this year. -Chuck Pettis
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