In recent years, revegetation groups and organizations have become more and more common. In this article we will discuss what revegetation is, the benefits of living with revegetation, and how revegetation is helpful for our environment.
What is Revegetation?
Revegetation is the process of replanting and rebuilding the soil of disturbed land. The main reason that people usually turn to revegetation is to prevent erosion. Revegetation prevents soil erosion and helps it to absorb more water during periods of significant rain. Additionally, it reduces turbidity in bodies of water that are adjoined to the area involved in the revegetation.
Revegetation can occur naturally or be done by humans. People use revegetation to repair damage caused by natural disasters such as floods and wildfires and for manmade damage such as mining. Originally, revegetation consisted of applying seeds and fertilizer to these types of areas to encourage new growth. Revegetation requires a lot of planning and designing but it can be profitable for people and companies if done well.
What Are Benefits of Revegetation?
1. Protection from Soil Erosion
Revegetation is useful for preventing further soil erosion, for reducing wind erosion and to boost the soil’s ability to absorb more water. It also offers protection against erosion damage by slowing down water runoff and the plants lower the risk of landslides by stabilizing embankments.
Revegetation can reconnect or regenerate areas of natural habitats that have been destroyed. This is especially important in places like cities where there has been extensive removal of natural plants and vegetation.
3. Soil Fertility Restoration
Activities such as mining can lead to significant degradation of the topsoil. Revegetation enables the soil to restore its fertility and regain nutrients.
4. Pollution Reduction
The process of revegetation in partnership with reforestation combats against the buildup of carbon in the atmosphere. It also acts as a purifier for the air we breathe because it filters out pollutants and dust.
5. Beautify and Increase Property Value
Revegetation, when done properly, can visually improve the appearance of the area that is undergoing the revegetation process. As a result, property values or the price of land in the surrounding areas can increase because of the nicer appearance of the land that has been revegetated.
How Revegetation is Helpful for Our Environment
Conservation and pollution reduction and two of the biggest ways that revegetation are helpful for our environment.
Conservation and Revegetation:
Revegetation can be used to combine existing pieces of natural habitats with areas that are undergoing revegetation. This is especially useful in areas where most of the natural vegetation has been removed, particularly in larger urban areas such as big cities. A study done in Brisbane concluded that revegetation projects can be extremely useful in improving the population of some species of birds. That study showed that connecting existing habitats with habitats that are undergoing the revegetation process improved the number of birds in the area. This proved that it was more beneficial to the environment and the species living in the surrounding areas to link a revegetation project with an existing natural habitat. Approaching revegetation in this manner can also provide new homes for a wider range of species, including small mammals and insects.
Pollution Reduction and Revegetation:
The main way that revegetation can help in pollution reduction is by the reduction of pollutants in the air and by its ability to trap carbon dioxide instead of letting it be directly pumped into the environment. They also help to lower surface and air temperatures and through evaporation. Revegetation for pollution reduction is most effective when the places where the vegetation are going to be located is carefully and strategically placed. Trees can provide valuable shade that lowers the amount of air conditioning that needs to be used and can slow down the deterioration of pavement used in parking lots and sidewalks. Trees and vegetation can also reduce noise pollution, since they absorb some of the noise that would normally bounce off of the pavement or travel faster if the vegetation wasn’t there to slow the sound down.
Now that you have read all about the basics of revegetation, what its benefits are, and how revegetation is helpful for our environment, you can easily see the benefits of living with revegetation. We hope you find the information useful!