When it comes to moss in Richmond, there is more to it than meets the eye.
A group of community members met this weekend in the Garden City Land for an important mission – sphagnum moss.
Faculty leader Kathy Danster said, “Peas, live sphagnum, from one area to another, are rescuing us and moving us to another area before expanding the farmland. At the Kentulen Polytechnic University (KPU) Urban Ecology Program.
To do this, the small group lifts the floorboards with their hands and places them in trays. He then puts those slabs into small bogs, which are basically shallow holes dug with a shovel.
Sphagnum is a pea, Dunster added, but it is a living organism. Peas grow in layers of inanimate matter.
“Sphagnum is the coldest moss,” said Christine Touring, a horticultural educator at KPU. Like Danster, Thuring is also a fan of moist soil.
But what makes sphagnum so cool?
“There are all sorts of different types of sphagnum. Some people like to grow up in a pit with depression, and some like to grow upstairs.
Peat stores carbon
So why is it important to save Moses? The answer is simple – carbon emissions.
Sphagnum moss is prone to waterlogging and loves wet areas, which helps keep the soil from decaying, said Michael Bomford, who led the project.
Bomford teaches at the KPU Sustainable Agriculture Program and contributes to the preservation of garden lands.
Richmond is an island created for thousands of years by many layers of sphagnum, which means there are many peas.
“(Thick pet deposits) represent excellent carbon storage. All of this carbon dioxide has not been released into the atmosphere for thousands of years by this sphagnum because sphagnum has not decomposed, ”said Bomford.
If the environment changes and the peas dry out, bacteria and fungi can enter and the soil will rot.
“And the carbon that has accumulated over thousands of years will be released into the atmosphere. Therefore, if the pet boiler is allowed to dry, it could be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, Bomford added.
On the other hand, if sphagnum moss continues to grow on the pet and keep it active, it will release more carbon from the atmosphere.
“And so this environment could help us in terms of global warming or it could make things worse depending on how we handle peas,” Bomford said.
Members of the community are also planting saplings to protect the bog on garden lands.
“We’re really lucky to have a bog in Richmond, and this is a 5,000-year-old bog, and it has a bright legacy for future generations,” said Sharon McGogen, president of the Garden City Conservation Association. .
Moss transplant is a community conservation effort, and McGogan hopes to see a bright Boggeneration project in Richmond for future generations to experience nature and grow closer to it.
“Pet boxing is a wetland in trouble all over the world. They are endangered ecosystems – and therefore everything we can do to protect the habitat is very important,” Danster said.
Before the area is covered with farm waste, community members should try their best to plant sphagnum moss as much as possible.