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What is a MicroForest?
SURF’s microforests may look like small groves or thickets but they implement some late-breaking scientific innovations to grow remarkably fast and provide exceptional ecological benefits such as regional cooling, flood prevention, and carbon sequestration against climate change. The extrordinary growth rate of a high-performance microforest explains why it uses so much otherwise problematic water (flooding and coastal water pollution), why it relocates so much CO2 from the atmosphere (where it’s bad) to the soil (where it’s good), and why it creates “a hundred year forest in just ten years.” The rapid growth rate happens because of shade competion resulting from the dense placement and the exceptional vigor and survivorship attributes to our “mulch-cardboard layercake” that we place to suppress turf and create a perfect soil.
What We’ve Done So Far
Suncoast Urban ReForesters (SURF) has raised funds for, planned, and planted seven high-performance microforests in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We have five more in progress, including two for sound abatement that serve as living walls.
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How You Can Help
For SURF to fulfil its mission of planting microforests and living walls throughout the Suncoast, we need partners who will identify sites, organize volunteers, and help us usher a forest from inception to inauguration. Come join us on the joyful journey of creating a forest for the future.
Learn the science
The full name for a microforest is high-performance microforest. This reflects that microforests provide such enormous ecological and social benefits such as intercepting stormwater that would otherwise cause flooding or pollution of coastal waters; cooling against urban heat island, accommodating wildlife, and sequestering carbon against climate change. Microforests are the ultimate tools for enhancing urban resilience. The reason microforests provide such prodigious benefits is because they grow so fast. The scientist Akira Miyawaki learned that by planting trees, shrubs, and ground species close to each other, you foster competition that promotes rapid plant growth so that individuals don’t get shaded or crowded out.
Miyawaki enthusiasts assert that high-performance microforests grow into a hundred year forest in just ten years!
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