There is a lot of news to report on the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project.
Sole Technology, makers of etnies shoes, has given us two fundraising deadlines for matching funds. The 31st of March was our first deadline and we hade to raise $5000 by that date. We put out an urgent request for donations during the last week of March and by March 28th this is what we had:
Thank you everyone for your great generosity. Sole Tech made the next installment of their donation on March 31st. Sole Technology is partially funding this project but we still need plenty of matching fund to finalize it.
In the meantime, this past week, we were busy out at the Maleku Reserve looking at all of the landowner’s nurseries, counting trees and identifying the different species. We now have a tree list started with over 50 species so far and over 25 other species that we will be concentrating on in the next few months. That brings the species count to 75, more that the 70 different species we plant per hectare on all of our reforestation projects.
We have been working exclusively on the eastern bank of the Rio Sol but this week signed on the first non-indigenous landowner on the western bank. He has one kilometer of river frontage and will be reforesting a ten-meter swath along the entire length. His neighbor to the north has an even longer frontage of pasture along the river and he may be interested in participating in the project as well. This biological corridor project is becoming a reality. There will be a beautiful native forest for many kilometers on both sides of the Rio Sol where before there was only cow pastures and much erosion.
Another lady who heard about the project and whose farm of over 10 hectares is also on the western side of the river, within the Maleku Reserve, caught up with us. She and her husband want to reforest the entire farm. If this comes to pass we will have almost all 35 hectares necessary to plant the 35,000 trees that Sole Technology has hired us to do in the next year.
The Rio Sol Biological Corridor project is also featured as the Project of the Month Club on the Global Giving site for April! Go check it out. (http://www.globalgiving.org/project-of-the-month-club/) This is a great honor because only the best projects make it to this page. They tell us we can expect a minimum of $2500 in donations this month. We have another deadline with Sole at the end of June and must have raised $10,000 total in matching funds by this date.
All donations collected at the Let’s Get Planting Global Event in Berlin (http://www.letsgetplanting.com/english.htm) for Earth Day will also go to the Rio Sol Project. Let’s get giving so that we can…………….
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