Most of us grew up learning about the importance of caring for our environment and how the way we treat the earth will impact our future. You’re also probably aware of how forests in particular are crucial to the health of the earth and of humanity.
In case you need a reminder, forests are made up of the trees that provide us with the oxygen that allows us to survive and help keep air and soil pollution in check. They’re imperative to many ecosystems and serve as the habitat for millions of species!
Fighting deforestation is something each and every one us should be doing as often as we can, whenever we have the opportunity. Start your conservation efforts by being conscious of these little everyday choices you can make to help preserve one of our greatest natural resources!
1.) Reduce paper use
One of the primary reasons we cut down and harvest trees is for paper. The less you use, the fewer trees we need to sacrifice. Start with making an effort to limit how often you print—and at least go double-sided when you have to.
Choosing digital options whenever you can will contribute more than you realize to the conservation movement. Most companies offer a paperless option for receiving bills, ads, coupons, and other communications. Some even offer an incentive for forgoing paper mailings altogether!
2.) Use recycled products
Make the most out of the trees we’ve already destroyed by recycling and reusing the products we use them to make. For example, buying used wooden furniture instead of new can save the life of several trees that may have been needed to create that piece you want so badly.
Take care to look for and purchase items made from recycled paper—most of these products will identify themselves as such on the packaging. Reduce landfill waste by opting for recycled notebooks, gift bags, toilet paper, and any other wooden or paper products you might need!
3.) Plant trees
Whether you plant just one or fill an entire plot of land with trees, you’re making a lifelong investment in the environment that will benefit both you and future generations to follow. Help combat global warming by arming our planet with the tools it needs to regulate itself!
For every tree you cut down, plant one or two more to replace it. It’s important to give back to the environment in the same way it provides for us.
4.) Get involved.
Join local organizations and national societies that support forest conservation. Educate others and spread awareness of the importance of preserving our limited natural resources. The more people who are aware of the ways they can positively contribute to the environment, the greater impact our efforts will have.
Whether you volunteer for projects yourself or simply donate money for them to be carried out, we’ll accomplish more by working together. Check out some of the conservation projects we support and partner with here at ClimbingHi! We also offer tree care and preservation services that can help you maintain an environmentally-friendly property with ease.
Contact us today to learn more about our passion for conservation and how we can help you join the reforestation movement in convenient and fulfilling ways!
Maintaining the entire landscape of your property can be time-consuming and involve some arduous work. Sometimes homeowners and business owners make sacrifices when it comes to certain aspects of their yard to avoid more difficult and tedious tasks—and we totally get it. But it’s especially important that tree trimming is always on your to-do list when it comes to yard work!
Check out the top three advantages of tree trimming and pruning that make the process crucial to maintaining a safe, gorgeous, and thriving yard. If you still find that you’re dragging your feet to get it done, you can always turn to a professional tree trimming service to ensure your property is at its best and most secure!
1.) Healthier Trees
Regular tree trimming and pruning is important for keeping your trees healthy and growing! Removing dead or diseased branches prevents more decay—like stopping an infection before it spreads. If rotting branches aren’t taken care of, death and disease will spread to the rest of the tree and possibly even those surrounding it.
Tree trimming also promotes the growth of new leaves. Pruning increases sun exposure and air circulation to the tree and all of the landscaping around it, which results in beautiful, luscious blooming all around! Additionally, a healthy tree will grow taller and generate a greater quantity and quality of flowers or fruit if it’s a crop-producing plant.
2.) Increased Property Value
Well-kept trees are undoubtedly more attractive when it comes to the aesthetics of your property. Overgrown and decaying branches are unsightly and have a significant negative impact on curb appeal. If you’re trying to sell your home or operating a business, this could affect the way buyers or customers perceive your property or organization.
Keep your trees pruned so you’re presenting the best version of your home or business to the people who matter. Show future buyers or clientele that you care about your property and work hard to make it valuable!
3.) Prevent Damage
Rotting branches are a serious safety hazard to people and property alike. Decaying tree limbs are more likely to fall and hurt someone or damage land or possessions in the area. Overgrown trees can also be a risk to power lines and threaten to cause power outages.
Diseased branches increase the likelihood of an entire tree falling down, which can be costly in terms of finances and property loss. Regular tree maintenance is an imperative safety practice and will likely save you money in the long run, by keeping you from having to pay for any future damage or tree removal services.
If you’re unsure of how to go about safely and effectively trimming your trees—or simply want to save yourself the trouble—ClimbingHi is happy to help! Contact us today to learn more about the affordable, experienced tree care services we have available. Our passionate team of experts will guarantee your property is safe and beautiful, and your trees are thriving!
When it comes to maintaining or cutting down unruly or damaged trees on your property, your first instinct is probably to take care of it yourself. You might be thinking you’ll save some money, brush up on your handyman skills, and eradicate the problem with no hassle. After all, it is a fairly simple process, right?
Climb ladder, cut off branches, saw down trunk, drag to garbage—pretty straightforward in theory. In practice, however, tree removal is far more intricate and dangerous than you might think. That’s why it is always recommended that you invest in an experienced and reputable company for your tree care needs!
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at some of the major risks of attempting DIY tree removal.
Decaying wood is unpredictable.
If you’re trimming up or clearing away some of the trees on your property, there’s a good chance it’s because they’re starting to rot. While it’s a good call to address the problem of corroded trees, doing it on your own is very risky.
Decaying wood is very unstable and unpredictable—which is the reason you’re cutting it down anyway! A tree could collapse suddenly as you’re working on it, and loose limbs pose even more of a safety risk. If you’re inexperienced and unfamiliar with tree biology, then there’s a very good chance you could end up injuring yourself or somebody else.
It's easy to miscalculate the important factors of tree removal.
A trained professional will be able to accurately predict where and when a tree will fall, based on education and experience. Unless you’re a licensed arborist, you’re likely to make a mistake when it comes to calculating important factors like height and angles when it comes to tree removal.
If a tree falls sooner than you anticipated, you might end up injuring yourself or someone else on the ground. Similarly, if you miscalculate the height of a branch or the angle at which a tree will collapse, then it might end up on top of your neighbor’s car instead of your cleared-out front lawn.
Another thing to consider is that you’re not used to working against your center of gravity. Many trees have branches that will require you to move and bend at a height you’re not used to or have not properly anticipated, leaving you vulnerable to losing your balancing and facing a long fall. One small mistake when planning to trim or remove trees yourself can quickly lead to huge costs in property damage, or significant injuries to you and those around you.
Mishandling equipment can be detrimental when working with trees.
The risk of injury when you take on the timber yourself is increased tenfold when you don’t know the right equipment to use or the proper way to use it. Tree maintenance requires the use of some dangerous tools—chainsaws, cranes, and woodchippers to name a few. In an untrained hand, these instruments can have devastating effects.
Working with trees usually means working around powerlines as well. If you’re too focused on getting the equipment to work correctly and figuring out the right place to use it, you could potentially electrocute yourself, start a fire, or wipe out the power for your home or neighborhood! Plus, if you’re going to spend money on decent tools and the right protective gear, you might as well just invest in someone who already has those things and is skilled at using them.
Be smart about tree removal!
Thinking about all of the potential safety hazards and everything that can go wrong during the tree removal process is scary! You don’t want to end up with a huge bill from damaged property, or a life-changing injury for you or someone else just to save a couple bucks.
A professional arborist will be prepared for the dangerous possibilities of tree removal that you cannot always predict. Hiring a passionate, qualified, and seasoned company is essential to safe tree maintenance and clearing.
Call ClimbingHi today for a free quote and to learn more about the cost-effective, professional tree removal assistance—and other tree care services—we offer for the islands of Maui and Lanai!
Last time we spoke we were preparing for our next trip to Manaus to continue the work we have laid out over the last few years. For those of you joining us now, we are talking about Amazon Jaguar Vision, a conservation project in the Brazilian Amazon.
You can read more in our previous blog post here.
This time we went down to Brazil for 2 weeks, with a couple of collaborators, a tree climber and a video photographer, to do some field work and document our progress.
The plan to create a protected wildlife corridor deep in the forest, has been gaining steam with each step that is implemented.
The fact that Jaguar Vision, is designed around monitoring and cataloguing as many forest locals as possible, most notably the jaguar, means that we really must produce results. And indeed we are!
Over the last 7 months since ClimbingHI first donated 8 high-end motion sensor trail cameras, the project is now up to 30+ cameras throughout nearly 700 acres of pristine jungle.
During this time we have captured photos of jaguars, coatis, ocelots, anteaters, agoutis, monkeys and a plethora of other critters. With these findings, we are confident that the ecosystem of the area is healthy enough to support the population.
While there, we also helped open a trail system that creates a literal grid through the valley. Within this grid, more cameras can be setup to monitor the presence of the forest inhabitants.
Sadly, as most of you know, deforestation is widespread through the area as well as all of the Amazon.
Our ultimate goal is to protect these lands forever and continue to add adjacent lands to create a Federally Protected Corridor.
Unfortunately, the governments of these Amazon countries have incentivized "economic growth” through the destruction of one of Earth’s most precious resources.
Not far from our area Coca-Cola has a massive farm of around 10,000 acres and a total of around 145,000 acres throughout the entire Amazon, areas to grow sugar cane for the caramel of their “wonderful” drink.
Since we are now aware of the presence of these endangered animals on the land the next step is to collect more data on their habits and ranges.
To do this, we will need to work closely with our partners of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to sedate and install GPS collars on several individual jaguars.
Once this can happen, we will be able to provide much needed information to the global scientific community, thus validating our project’s mission.
At this time Tropical Tree Climbing (TTC) has been able to reach-out to similar groups such as The Jaguar Alliance in Mexico, who will send volunteers and researchers to collaborate.
We have also begun the process of creating an NGO to receive donations, especially from large international corporate partners (which can benefit from tax deductions).
Please contact us for more information.
This funding will enable us to buy more cameras, solar panels and the needed infrastructure to push our objectives forward.
When the land is properly outfitted to achieve the final goal, we will expand into neighboring lands, thus expanding the overall project.
We invite all walks of life to come experience, help and learn how to take part in creating something that will be a sustainable model for the world to replicate.
We truly hope that inspiring others to reverse the current path our collective humanity is on, can be one of the deepest and most gratifying experiences you can share with the world.
An adventure like this is open for young and old, and only with your help can we ensure that our children and grandchildren will have the same beauty that we have been blessed to live within.
So, pack your bags and let’s get climbing
...for the Love of TREES!!!
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I am often asked if I’m afraid when traveling to wild places around the world...
My biggest fear, I tell them, is to live with the illusion of security and miss out on life itself. The mindset that has brought me to the Amazon jungle again and again to seek out the great mysteries that lie within its beautiful darkness, comes from an old saying, “Fortune favors the bold.”
I am an arborist and a tree climber, with skills that have given me a unique ability to travel the world and access heights that few get to experience.
These adventures have helped redefine for me, what it means to be an arborist, and what I can do to help facilitate greater impacts in the wild.
This journey, that I am about to take you on, is a project that few people will ever get to experience. A journey in which we shall try to keep the spirit of Ernest Shackleton (polar explorer 1874-1922) alive, who so eloquently advertised for his great adventure:
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success.”
I am owner of ClimbingHi on the island of Maui, where we have run a traditional tree care services business on the islands for the better part of a decade. Prior to living and climbing on the islands, I spent a good 15 years traveling the world, exploring every nook and cranny I could fit myself into.
My curiosity for knowledge has often led me into extreme situations, and has always given me a deeper understanding of our place in the universe. My journey into the Amazon has done that, but there is a far greater purpose than for my own satisfaction.
I first ventured deep into the Amazon when I was 18 in search of magic and awe. After spending a month crossing the entire length of the main river I found myself drinking ayahuasca with a remote village of locals during an event that would forever change my relationship with myself and the world around me.
Nearly 20 years later, in early 2017, I was back in the great rainforest of Brazil with a good friend named Tim Kovar, a master tree climber who teaches people all over the world how to access canopies. We were on an expedition, cruising up the Rio Negro, for several weeks to climb first ascents up giant wild trees.
Our guides, Leo and Vanessa, who run Tropical Tree Climbing were there to keep us from making any serious mistakes.
Leo, originally from Italy, is a professional photographer who has been exploring the Amazon for nearly 40 years on countless expeditions reaching far beyond the imagination.
Together with Vanessa and their 3 children they have been hosting people from all over the world since 2006, putting them on rope and in the canopy of giant tropical trees. The family owns and lives on nearly 700 acres of pristine forest north of Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian Amazon state.
This is where we have begun collaborating on a long-term conservation project called Jaguar Vision.
Before I explain Jaguar Vision, I’d like to paint a picture of how grand the Amazon truly is and its current state of affairs.
The Amazon is the world’s biggest rainforest, larger than the next two largest rainforests combined, The Congo and Daintree. It is roughly the size of the 48 contiguous United States and covers around 40% of South America.
The great Amazon River itself is by far the world’s largest river by volume and has over 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1000 miles. There are estimated to be 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual trees in the forest. It is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on Earth, perhaps 30% of the world’s species. It is a place that holds 1/5 of all the world’s fresh water, so vital to our planet, yet it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by deforestation.
As of now it is estimated that more than 20% of the rainforest is already gone, and much more is severely threatened as the destruction continues. The Amazon alone is vanishing at a rate of 20,000 sq. miles a year, and if nothing is done it could be gone within 50 years.
Can you imagine the total destruction of one of our Earth’s greatest resources in our lifetime?
This is akin to a planetary homicide, and if there was ever a calling to take action and help protect these global resources, that time is now!
After that great tree climbing expedition in early 2017, I returned again, later that year, to Tropical Tree Climbing in hopes of going deeper into the forest. Before my arrival Leo, Vanessa and I had been discussing a conservation project that they had in mind for quite some time.
So, when I decided to return to Brazil it was specifically geared towards solidifying our commitment to Amazonian conservation by developing a project that could help transform their 700 acres into a federally recognized wildlife reserve.
In order to do this we surmised that there would need to be strong public support and a way to make the virgin forest more valuable to the national economy than farm or ranch lands.
This is where their model of ecotourism seemed to fit right in. Vanessa had forged a bond with a well-established reserve called Mamirauá which is recognized by the International Ramsar Convention as a wetland of global importance and a Protected Brazilian Tropical Forest. With their 22 year history we felt confident they could help us navigate political and social terrains.
After much thought on how to initiate our new found project, Jaguar Vision was born!
We realized that if we could protect the largest apex-predator of the forest, then the entire forest as a whole would need to be protected. The idea behind Jaguar Vision is to track, locate, and monitor the local jaguar population.
The jaguar also has the ability to capture the imagination of the public and build a curiosity that could be promoted and utilized for eco-tourism projects.
Jaguars are designated as near threatened, due to a suspected 20-25% decline over the past three generations (21 years) in area of occupancy; yet this is only a guess and probably an underestimate as the population is inherently difficult to monitor.
The historic range, from the Southwestern US to Patagonia, is now only 50% of its original size. This being said our desire to protect this one species can help to regulate the forest habitat, as they play a proverbial role as “The Sheriff”, keeping a delicate balance amongst their jungle community.
By the end of 2017, we had purchased and installed many top-of-the-line motion sensor cameras throughout the property, and had immediately captured some amazing photographs of the elusive cat directly outside the jungle lodge.
What a thrill this has been to know that we are surrounded by jaguars and on the right track!
We have also partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society Brazil (WCS), a global nonprofit organization, to help receive funding and scientists from international sources.
At this time we are opening our doors to adventurous souls who are interested in taking part in the project, either directly or through donations.
Our citizen-based science projects will allow guests to enter the forest and canopies of the trees to help catalogue flora and fauna for creating a future nature reserve.
Making expeditions into the forest with indigenous guides and climbing giant jungle trees will allow our guests to observe and document the immense biodiversity that is present in this region and quite possibly encounter the elusive cat that we are searching for.
In the near future we are organizing to locate, sedate, and outfit several jaguars with GPS-tracking collars to document real-time data on their whereabouts and habits.
These collars also have the technology to contain small video cameras that will allow us to see into their everyday lives.
This is all something that you can participate in!
As for my own personal dreams, I am organizing with professional contacts to return to the jungle soon to assess suitable and amazing trees for building platforms/treehouses and canopy walks to view the forest comfortably from above.
We plan to make this project a unique conservation dream!
Eventually, with enough support, it will be possible to purchase more contiguous land tracts throughout the area to create a wildlife corridor that can be protected for perpetuity.
All of these projects are in the works and we invite all adventurous souls, who are willing, to participate in any way they can.
For more information contact me through my website www.climbinghimaui.com
or my partners at Tropical Tree Climbing www.tropicaltreeclimbing.com.
There is much adventure to be had and much work to do...so pack your saddle and ropes, and let’s get climbing!
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