The Gound Up
Entering into long-term lease contracts directly with private landowners allows large tracts of land to be reforested and maintained at a profit for the landowner, corporation and investors as well as sequestering tons of greenhouse gases.

Looking into the Future

The effects of large-scale reforestation will be wide ranging, from climatic to political. Local environmental upgrades due to reforestation could include:

  • Improved air quality
  • Reduction of high temperatures
  • Increased rainfall
  • Recharging of aquifers
  • Generation of jobs through management of the standing timber, support industries, processing plants and recreation.

Many landowners living marginal lives in other countries would have the opportunity to return to a reasonable and sustainable life on their own land. Most of the illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. do so because they have no other way of supporting their families. Many would return to their own homes if their property would feed and support their children. Reducing the flight of their youth from poverty could alter the human resource potential by keeping the vitality of their people intact.

Globally, there are already discussions concerning CO2 generation/liability and the creation of CO2 storage credit banks. The exchange of storage credits created by reforestation could increase national income. One effect could also be a glut of timber on the market.

To see the solution to this issue, we must first understand the uses of wood fiber. Trees can be used for paper, lumber, firewood and liquid fuel. Wood fiber can be processed into ethanol or methanol and used as a petroleum additive and substitute. Mexico, as an oil producing nation, could use blended fuels domestically and increase oil exports to other countries. Waste management is also affected by the availability of wood fiber stockpiles. When combined with sewage, wood fiber can produce methane. Methane is a renewable substitute for natural gas. These are only two of the non-traditional uses for trees. Petroleum is uniquely suited for certain products. The use of wood fiber for fuel prolongs the availability of this non-renewable resource.

Possible envirotech spinoff industries for U.C.I.C. to develop are:

  • Ethanol production
  • Methane production
  • Urban composting
  • Sewage management or collection
  • Mobile electricity production using portable steam turbines fired by forestry waste products.
  • Windmill electricity farms
  • Solar generation of electricity