From the April 2010 Idaho Observer:

GeoEngineering and Nationwide Tree Decline

by Sofia Smallstorm

Allen Buckman, formerly a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, has taught concerned citizens how to identify dying trees. We are so used to taking trees for granted that we don’t know much about them, or even take the time to look carefully at them! Taking a walk in your neighborhood or even having a conversation with friends or homeowners might open your eyes to what’s happening to our trees. Throughout suburban neighborhoods these days, trees are being reduced to -- stumps. Homeowners are spending $thousands for tree removal, not knowing why their trees are dying.

Arborists tell us the problem is bugs and blight. But why such a rise in infestation by bugs and blight? Weakened trees with sparse foliage and bowed branches are now visible in many backyards. Because sick or dying trees are more apt to collapse and are therefore considered to be hazards, they are usually cut down or destroyed.

Buckman points out that fungi and beetles often seek weak or damaged wood, so blaming tree decline on these causes is not conclusive.

Deborah Whitman of Davis, California founded Environmental Voices, and is offering to help people test the health of their local trees. So far, local bark samples from Northern California show high residues of aluminum, barium and titanium, which might be the source of the white deposits we are seeing.


The definition of silicate is: “Any of numerous insoluble often complex metal salts that contain silicon and oxygen in the anion, constitute the largest class of minerals, and are used in building materials (as cement, bricks and glass).” Silica or silicon dioxide (SiO2) is present in 25% of the earth’s crust (think sand). Silicates are created when silica binds with metallic salts (oxides), also naturally occurring. However, of note is the fact that metallic salts (e.g. aluminum oxide) are a major component of the aerosols (a.k.a. “chemtrails”) appearing everywhere in our sky. Could it be that these metallic silicates are overloading our trees and causing their health to rapidly decline? Former California crop-loss analyst Rosalind Peterson comments: “Once you have air pollution and add aluminum, it allows the tree roots to uptake the aluminum, which then prevents the roots from absorbing water and nutrients to survive. This leads to death which looks like drought.”

Rosalind Peterson writes on her website “The dead and dying trees, dead branches, impacted shrubs and bushes are turning some of our forests into torches when touched by fire. Why are our public officials ignoring this problem ... not taking tree ring and soil samples to find out why our trees are stressed and dying? What has caused this ecological imbalance? So far, the typical response is ‘drought and bugs,’ but many areas where trees are in decline have had normal rainfall. Healthy trees resist pathogens and bugs. Many state and federal government officials will talk about decline off the record, but are afraid to speak out because they fear the loss of their jobs. Why?”

Charles Little, in his book, The Dying of Trees, writes: “Aluminum is a common constituent of forest soils, but it is ‘locked up’ in aluminum silicates, and in this compound form is [no danger to] trees and other plants.” With acid rains, however, the silicates are broken down and the aluminum is freed. The metal kills the roots first. This means that trees can no longer absorb and transport needed nutrients ... are weakened and can be invaded by insects or pathogens, or succumb to extremes of weather ... in which case they die.”

Little attributes the dangers of aluminum to the metal being unleashed from its silicate form by acid rain. Perhaps more research must be done to see whether aluminum overload, even in silicate form, endangers trees, or whether factors besides rain cause metals to unbind and weaken the health of the trees.

The Issue of Sunlight

Sunlight is a natural disinfectant, as people discovered in earlier centuries when glass windows were installed in houses. Light prevents molds from forming and growing, and our general health is better! (In fact, three of the biggest reasons overall public health improved: running water, glass windows, and washable cotton underwear that was changed on a regular basis. Medicine/vaccines were not key -- hygiene was.)

Lack of direct sun causes higher humidity and less light -- perfect conditions for molds, mildew and fungus growth. Direct sunlight is needed for photosynthesis by plants (to make chlorophyll, their food), and filtered sunlight just doesn’t do the trick. Plants are unable to nourish themselves properly when man-made clouds cover the sky. In Mendocino County (Northern California), from December 16, 2006 to May 30, 2007, there were only three full days of direct sunlight. Wild grasses did not grow more than a couple of inches, despite normal rainfall.

What will our world look like with fewer and fewer trees?


What is the world coming to? Ask this of any old-timer and listen to his or her response. Paint a picture of the “Silent Forest” ... a tree plantation that is non-reproductive, with no seeds, berries or nuts to draw insects or wildlife, no songbirds, no squirrels, no nothing. (See December ‘09/February ‘10 I.O.) Just man-made trees with soft wood that paper companies don’t have to spend money stripping of lignin (the wood fiber). These trees, because they grow so fast, also suck gallons of water out of the soil, causing dehydration of the land - translated as “drought.”

This is all part of a Big New Important Science called Geoengineering. Defined as the manipulation of the earth and its environment to suit human needs, it makes one wonder about whose human needs, and who decides how to do what to the environment. At the recent world geoengineering conference in San Diego, top geoscientists announced that plans were afoot to experiment with spraying aluminum particulate in the atmosphere to deflect the sun, to protect against global warming. Why? Because man-made global warming has caused climate change! (Visit

Independent reporter Michael Murphy wrote the following in a review of the San Diego conference:

“What would you say if you were told that airplanes were regularly spraying toxic aerosols in the skies above every major region of the world? This is exactly what a group of protestors were claiming outside of the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting that was held in San Diego from February 18-22. However, inside the convention center was a different story. The scientists gathered to discuss the ‘plausibility’ of implementing various geo­engineering campaigns throughout the world, all under the guise that the Earth has a man-made global warming problem that can be solved by spraying aerosol aluminum and other particles into the sky to block the sun.”

“SAG” stands for Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering, and represents the spraying program described above. Despite the insistence of experts that no such thing is going on at present, we have all seen white lines in the sky for many years. Someone recently wrote from Japan, concerned that these were not contrails or clouds; he was noticing these aberrations in the Japanese sky for the first time. They are also in China (see pictures at

Michael Murphy also interviewed worried residents ­of Shasta County, California:

“They became concerned about SAG when many from this community began to see dramatic changes not only in the sky, but also on the ground. Trees were dying, grass was not growing and many farmers were having difficulty getting any crops to grow on their farms. The crisis prompted biologists from the community to take action by testing the soil. The results were shocking. Aluminum. barium and other elements were found to be up to thousands of times higher than normal limits. Such high quantities lead to unhealthy PH levels in the soil which can be deadly to ecological life systems. These shocking results led to additional testing of Lake Shasta with samples from the Pit River arm tributary that tested over 4,610 times the maximum contamination level of aluminum allowed in drinking water in the state of California. Also, peer reviewed scientific studies conclude that bio-available aluminum, now found in huge quantities in rain worldwide, is very harmful to flora and thus the eco-system. Ironically, these are the same substances the scientists are considering implementing in the various ‘future’ aerosol spraying programs that were being discussed at the meeting.” (Italics added)

A recent Fox News feature (March 13, 2010) interviewed Bill Nye, The Science Guy, who conveniently brought up “the Russians” and their lunkhead attempts at spraying cement into the sky to fiddle around with making rain which Fox referred to as “weather tampering.” Once again, it’s someone else, not us, doing crazy stuff, and the nature of the report was itself misleading. The video images shown as Bill Nye explained this particular concept of “cloud seeding” were of classic chemtrail grids – the kind we see almost every day. (Cloud seeding, by the way, is a dated endeavor. What is going on today is far more advanced.)

Sunblock in the Sky

Clouds form from small particles – often dust or airborne salt. These particles function as “condensation nuclei” around which water gathers because these kinds of particles have a natural affinity for water. The materials many of us suspect are already being sprayed are metallic salts or oxides (e.g. aluminum. oxide, barium oxide) that also gather moisture around them to form man-made clouds because salts “like” water. The main difference between the so-called “contrails” authorities assure us we are seeing and real jet condensation trails is that the latter will evaporate in a minute or so by the effect of sunlight alone. If it doesn’t evaporate in sunlight, if it fans out and changes shape, if it becomes white and hazy and blocks out the sun, is not a contrail. It is something else.

Think about this: A real condensation trail cannot even begin to make a cloud. It is only water vapor. It forms at high altitudes in very cold temperatures, in conditions of low humidity, and it quickly evaporates. A true cloud, on the other hand, forms at low altitudes and needs high humidity (or lots of water) as well as those condensation nuclei. But today NASA tells us that “atmospheric conditions” are causing jet contrails to linger and form man-made cirrus clouds. NASA calls it “jet cirrus” and even have a press release titled, “Clouds Caused by Aircraft Exhaust May Warm the U.S. Climate”. They claim that jet traffic activity caused a warming trend between 1975 and 1994 - when we hardly saw any “contrails” at all. The so-called “persistent jet contrails” began to appear regularly in 1998 and have intensified since then, causing great alarm in those who actually look up and notice.

An Explanation for “Controlling the Rain”

Dr. Rosenfeld of the Earth Sciences Institute at Hebrew University in Israel published findings in 2000 (and onward) showing that particulates in the atmosphere serve to “nucleate” stable raindrops - creating very tiny ones that remain suspended - whereas regular raindrops coalesce (come together) and then fall to earth. Translation: Spraying certain materials in the sky (particulates) will attract atmospheric moisture, forming very small stable droplets that do not fall to earth. Dr. Rosenfeld’s work focused on “pollution” particulates, a handy euphemism for other materials not being presently divulged.

That was a year ago. Today naughty geoscientist minds are trying to sell us Man-Made Sunblock, as though this is something we will all embrace. You won’t have to pack sunscreen next time you go on vacation because the Air Force will take care of it for you!

They are getting ready to announce aluminum spraying as an official weather-modification program. They will tell us the “experiments” have worked, and that we must agree with them that a man-made cloud canopy is needed for Earth because of runaway global warming and climate change. The chemtrail issue will come to rest at our need for artificial clouds and weather modification - all because of how much we are suffering from climate change. And the public will agree.

Sources: Avatar Update, April 2010; DVD “Sky Lines” by Deborah Whitman:

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