Destruction of a natural carbon sink

Whether you believe in the CO² scare or not is in part irrelevant. The ethos behind so much of the wind scam is that it saves CO². Well how often the Government and the Developers parrot that tale it is clearly debunked by the requirement of spinning reserve from fossil fuel power stations to cover the intermittency of wind. What is without doubt also is that the destruction of historic peat bogs and the grubbing out of forests is kielderdestroying natural CO² sinks for a clearly dubious and very artificial target. This is an article from a forester who questions the damage already done to the Clyde valley and planned for the Kielder Forest. FCS will point to the fact that these are often commercial forests that will be felled anyway but, we would contend, not in the destructive manner that we have seen north of the border so far in the race to wind.



 Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 28 August 2013

THE very mention of windfarms sends a cold shiver down the back of those fervently in opposition to their existence.

 Many complaints are made about the installation of the sky-high turbines, blighting beautiful countryside one of the most frequent ones.

 Added to the list is the loud noise the blades make when in full flow, while some insist that windfarms are not a reliable energy source and can often be inefficient.

 Bringing a new argument to the table is Hexham resident Mike Jackson who is concerned about the unnecessary demolition of productive forests to house wind turbines.

 Mr Jackson has worked as a forester for more than half a century, and he is troubled to learn about the potential for further tree felling to accommodate the proposed Kielder windfarm.

 He cites two examples north of the Border which saw acres of woodland wiped out.

 Forests were replaced for the Clyde windfarm just off the M74 near Glasgow, while the same happened at Crystal Forest, south of Dunbar, where the area is now overrun with turbines.

 Mr Jackson, of Broadway Gardens, says: “The erection of wind turbines inevitably results in the permanent destruction of forest crops over a wide area, sometimes up to 2,000 hectares or more per site.

 “The reason given by the developers is that the turbine manufacturers do not like the turbulence caused by the tree canopy and refuse to give a warranty on the equipment unless all trees are felled.

 “If you have travelled up the M74 recently you will have seen great swathes of land, formerly forest, now totally bare and I don’t see why this has to happen.”

 Mr Jackson, an expert in all things trees, points out that cutting down forests for the placing of wind turbines is a waste of a free, energy source which is already in existence.

He said: “Everyone knows that trees lock up carbon, so it makes no sense to destroy a carbon sink and replace it with wind turbines.

“To put this in context, the average productive spruce forest locks up an average of three tonnes of carbon per hectare per year.

 “So in the case of a 2,000 hectare forest, there will be a loss of approximately 120,000 tonnes of carbon ‘lock-up’ over the 20-year life of the turbines.”

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We would add to these comments the fact that this sort of felling often leaves what we call soft edges where forestry is cut back to the design of the wind farm rather than the natural hard edge of planting that results is serious wind throw at the edges. That is trees no longer supported by the forest that fall in high winds. That is not good forestry practice but an accommodation of the developers to mitigate the visual damage of clear fell. Sorry, this is a bit technical but it is fact. Read the forestry report on the PLI for Druim Ba wind farm that was turned down by Scottish Ministers.


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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