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Friday, February 18, 2005

EFFICIENT LOW-COST NATURAL HILL & LANDSLIDE MANAGEMENT THROUGH TERRACING & OPTIMAL REFORESTATION AND VEGETATION MANAGEMENT

EFFICIENT LOW-COST
NATURAL HILL & LANDSLIDE MANAGEMENT
THROUGH TERRACING & OPTIMAL REFORESTATION AND VEGETATION MANAGEMENT


A TIMELY ISSUE: Climate changes, particularly in areas such as California, are in the process of making the issue of EFFICIENT LOW-COST HILL & LANDSLIDE MANAGEMENT a very timely one, and this should prove more and more true in the years to come. Despite this, mainly for lack of understanding of the dynamics at hand, very little expertise is offered on the subject, and even less in form of integrated efficient solutions.

Common sense indicates that the vegetation used for hill and landslide management must offer a certain number of characteristics such as:
Good general adaptability and drought resistance.
Adaptation to specific local climates.
Capability to grow at very high rates, and particularly, to develop long and solid taproots, even in dense plantations.
Good relative resistance to fire.
Tolerance of coppicing in relation to potential fire hazards [Coppicing is the practice of clear-cutting to soil level trees capable of growing again from their roots -- ideally as if nothing had happened at all.].
Low maintenance.
Potential for profitability or at least no-cost management.

AN ENORMOUS POTENTIAL MARKET: If you still doubt that landslides are a global problem, and consequently, a vast and very promising global market for innovative and efficient low-cost long-term solutions, please consult List of Current Landslide Related News, at http://sts.gsc.nrcan.gc.ca/landslides/index_e.asp?CaId=7&PgId=11


A CALL FOR GRANTS & FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIPS: Careful research allowed us to identify several tree species offering all of the above characteristics, and to define a business model, which could allow offering specific cultivars and clones as well as related services in what we believe to be a potentially very profitable manner.

To prepare a comprehensive business plan as well as conduct small scale experiments as well as perhaps one medium-scale proof of concept implementation, we need approximately $100K to $250K, which could be provided or as grants, or as “seed investment” by “angel investors”.

At the same time, we will try to identify communities or properties faced with acute landslide problems, and negotiate with them small local contracts to be used as models for wide-scale implementations of the different models we are currently researching.

For more information: mailto:hillmanagement@savegaia.com

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1 Comments:

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