USE EDGES AND VALUE THE MARGINAL

“It has long been assumed that these forest edges release and store carbon at similar rates as forest interiors, but Hutyra and researchers in her lab at BU have discovered this isn’t true. Soils and trees in temperate forest edges in the Northeast United States are acting differently than those farther away from people. In two recent research papers, Hutyra’s team found edge trees grow faster than their country cousins deep in the forest, and that soil in urban areas can hoard more carbon dioxide than previously thought.”

— ScienceDaily

PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLE # 11

Use edges and value the marginal: The border between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the system’s most valuable, diverse, and productive elements.”

WIKI

FOR THE OBSERVANT IT’S OBVIOUS THAT MOST LIFE THRIVES AT THE EDGES WHERE TWO OR MORE SYSTEMS MEET. THIS IS THE ABUNDANT EDGE. USE THIS EDGE

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