Hotels for Habitats - Wilderness Land Sponsorship

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Select Hotels and Resorts is proud to support Hotels for Habitats. A new initiative aimed at financially supporting pristine and untouched wilderness areas and unmodified terrestrial ecosystems.. SHR recognised the scientific, ecological and environmental significance of retaining and preserving these areas for current and future generations.

In the same way that we at Select believe in creating unique man made environments , we also believe in preserving and protecting them in the natural world.

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“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its live activity; it offers protection to all beings offering shade even to those who destroy it."

- Buddha

Facts

HFH directly financially assists a 200 ha indigenous forest and bush block in the central North Island of New Zealand at Wangamomona which consists of an  ancient podocarp  rainforest, to enable it remain in its original state free commercial activity.

 

It is the aim of HFH to identify suitable wilderness areas and unmodified ecosystems throughout the world and provide financial contributions to ensure these areas remain untouched.

Current protection and Re Vegetation

As one of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility projects, Fino Hotels and Suites Christchurch directly supports the preservation, pest control and maintenance of 2,500 hectares of native bush in the North Island.

Under the hotels for habitats scheme we also protect a 573 hectare pristine forest reserve in Kauarapaoa Road ( LOT1 DP84274 LOT2 DP84275 BLK1 WAIPAKURA SD) in the Whanganui District.

We protect a 200 hectare land in Whangamomona Road, Whangarei ( SEC5BLKXMAHOESD) which borders the Waitotara Forest and the Whangarei Nature Park.

HFH is replacing an area of non indigenous plantation trees in Hanmer North Canterbury with indigenous native bush cover in order to restore the land to its original habitat. This is happening at Braemar lodge where we are removing 57 Douglas fir trees from the lodge property in preparation for re planting in natives.

"Plans to protect air, water, wilderness & wildlife are in fact plans to protect mankind"   - Stewart Udail (US Secretary of the interior 1961-1969)

Some of the benefits of trees

Here are 22 of the best reasons to plant and care for trees or defend a tree’s standing:

Trees combat climate change

Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by many factors is a building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

Trees clean the air

Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees provide oxygen

In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.

Trees cool the streets and the city

Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has increased.
Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

Trees conserve energy

Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.

Trees save water

Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

Trees help prevent water pollution

Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.

Trees help prevent soil erosion

On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.

Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds - where children spend hours outdoors.

Trees provide food

An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on the tiniest urban lot. Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.

Trees heal

Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.

Trees reduce violence

Neighbourhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.

Trees mark the seasons

Is it winter, spring, summer or fall? Look at the trees.

Trees create economic opportunities

Fruit harvested from community orchards can be sold, thus providing income. Small business opportunities in green waste management and landscaping arise when cities value mulching and its water-saving qualities. Vocational training for youth interested in green jobs is also a great way to develop economic opportunities from trees.

Trees are teachers and playmates

Whether as houses for children or creative and spiritual inspiration for adults, trees have provided the space for human retreat throughout the ages.

Trees bring diverse groups of people together

Tree plantings provide an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods. All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting or tree care event.

Trees add unity

Trees as landmarks can give a neighbourhood a new identity and encourage civic pride.

Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife

Sycamore and oak are among the many urban species that provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, possums and squirrels.

Trees block things

Trees can mask concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.

Trees provide wood

In suburban and rural areas, trees can be selectively harvested for fuel and craft wood.

Trees increase property values

The beauty of a well-planted property and its surrounding street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent.

Trees increase business traffic

Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, Its not!"   The Lorax - Dr Suess

Want to join the Hotels for Habitat program and contribute to help preserve global wilderness? Get in touch with us today!

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