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Trees perform a myriad vital functions crucial to our future: they lock up carbon, hold down soil, create oxygen and produce building materials. As we evolve our supply chains into sustainable ones, we are going to need to start farming trees. Tree farming allows us to stop harvesting from forests, sequester CO2, retain more rainfall and create a sustainable agricultural industry.
We think Trees are the Bee's knees
The Empress Tree
Trees are the most ecological
way to sequester CO2
The world emits 40 gigatonnes of CO2 annually and it is our goal to sequester the same amount on an annual basis. Each EARTH System site location will plant 10 million Empress trees per year, sequestering 1 megaton of CO2 annually. After eight years, the Empress tree will be ready for harvest and a new tree will be planted in its place. This means that each EARTH System location will continuously farm 70 million trees after year 8 of operation. The USPP has a goal to have 5,000 EARTH System site locations collectively farming 350 billion trees, which will sequester 40 gigatonnes of CO2 per year. Besides helping us reach global CO2 equilibrium, the tree's sizable root system will hold the soil down throughout the year; preventing further releases of carbon due to seasonally exposed soil. The trees will be planted on agricultural plots so they can be attended to by local farmers; who know the region’s agronomy better than anyone. These measures give our trees the best chance at living 8 years and create sustainable agricultural industries.
The Empress (Paulownia) Tree
The Empress Tree is acclaimed by botnatist around the world for its ability to lock up Carbon. It is Native to China, where it was planted for Empresses. This tree produces a vibrant flower and its leaves can be over 12 inches wide. It uses very little water and is native to hot climates. Since our Technology works in the Equatorial Zone, this Tree is the perfect Partner for our Project.
Empress Tree Farming
Empress Trees planted on a 12-foot center produce an average of a 30,000 lumber-feet yield per acre. The Empress Tree is ready for harvest in 8 years. They are planted on a 12-foot center, allowing farmers to plant traditional crops in between the trees. We pay farmers to farm the trees and they share in the profits upon harvest. Farmers keep all income from other crops planted.
CO2 Sequestration Powerhouse
The Empress Tree grows 2-3 times faster than most trees and locks up 2-3 times the Carbon as a normal tree. One Empress Tree can lock up 50-100 pounds of Carbon per year. Aside from this, the Empress Tree is a great shade tree and it's broad leaves go a long way to keep the soil moist. It's broad root system helps to hold in the soil, adding further to the global Carbon Sequestration effort.
Creating a Sustainable Agricultural Industry
The USPP contracts local farmers to plant Trees on their land. Farmers are provided with all the funds and supplies they need to execute operations plus a percentage of value of the harvest. Farmers may choose to plant crops in between the tree rows and those crops will produce a higher yield while growing in the shade of the trees. If you are a Pivot farmer, this tree is a perfect crop for growing in your corners. The Empress Tree has been grown all around the world and its ecological impact has been widely studied. This Tree will never become an invasive species because the regions we operate in are deserts, where the water resources don't support the growth of a tree like the Empress Tree.