May 23, 2011

We did it! Land purchase complete

A giant kapok tree on the newly acquired land.
A giant kapok tree on the newly acquired land.

We are very happy to announce that yesterday, May 20th, marked the date of Camino Verde´s purchase of 100 more acres of rainforest in Tambopata, Peru.  It is thrilling to complete this important chapter in our work.  Thank you for your support!

Meanwhile, we are continuing to check off items from this project´s list of goals.  We reached the 1000-tree mark last month: 1000 trees planted this planting season, bringing the total number of tree species we´ve planted to 225, and the number of planted trees that we maintain to around 7000! 

In other news, in April we enjoyed a visit from a GlobalGiving roving representative, who certified Camino Verde as a "vetted organization" and helped us explore new ways to work with GlobalGiving to expand our work in preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity.

Next up: in August we will begin work on our on-site plant nursery, an element of this project that will allow us to propagate tree seedlings at our center, avoiding transportation costs and petrol usage in getting tree seedlings to their final home.  We are being funded in the nursery creation endeavor by grants from the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center, and First Parish Social Action Grants of Concord, Massachusetts.  And by you! 

Thanks again for your interest and support.  100 acres of rainforest thank you!

Mar 22, 2011

Reaching 1000 trees planted

Nearing the end of March, 2011, Camino Verde is pleased to announce that we are getting very close to reaching a few of this project´s main goals.  First, and most importantly, we have planted over 900 trees in the first months of 2011, and are poised to finish planting 1000 trees very soon.  In total, we have planted around 50 tree species this year, many of which we have never planted before.  Part of the area planted is the first part in the development of Camino Verde´s botanical garden.  So far, 40 tree species represented.

In additional exciting news, we are beginning to move on the purchase of 40 more hectares (100 acres) of land on the Tambopata River in southern Peru.  We expect to have finished the purchase process by June or July at the latest. 

In short, our work is moving forward as planned.  We are grateful for your support and looking forward to sharing news of the completion of the next phase in our project very soon.  Thanks again for your interest in Camino Verde!

Dec 30, 2010

At the end of 2010...

After the exciting news that Camino Verde´s first project to appear on GlobalGiving reached 7th place in the Open Challenge (thank you!), we have adjusted and the project´s details to reflect the project´s goals for 2011.  Most obviously, we expanded the funding goal from the original $5,000 (which we far surpassed), to reflect a wider goal for a whole calendar year: $20,000. 

This total reflects several components of the current project, including:

1. Purchase of 100 acres of rainforest.  Of the total $20,000 funding goal, $5,000 will be applied to the purchase price (as the rest of funding for the purchase was secured before the Open Challenge by our supporters).  An additional $1,000 is put aside to cover the considerable bureaucratic expenses related to land purchase in Peru, including any outstanding property back-taxes on the land.  This thousand will ensure legal smooth sailing in the purchase, and leftovers will be reverted to use in the points below.

2. Planting 1000 trees.  As of the current report (30 Dec. 2010), we have planted 500 trees towards this goal.  The remaining 500 trees will be planted between now and April 2011.  We give an estimate cost of $5 to plant one tree, meaning that our 1,000 trees for the year correspond to an additional $5,000 (already in place as of the time of this writing.

3. Caring for over 5,000 trees.  The 5,000 trees Camino Verde has planted in the last three years require constant maintenance in the form of weeding, pruning, and more.  $6,000 of the project´s total is directed to the maintenance of the newly planted 1,000 trees, and the 5,000 that came before.

4. Camino Verde Plant Nursery.  Facilitating our future tree planting campaigns, we will create a plant nursery on site at our Reforestation Center and Living Seed Bank at Baltimori, Tambopata, Peru.  Initially, the nursery will have a capacity for 500 tree seedlings, with an aim to expand to 1,000 after the first year.  This will greatly reduce transportation costs and fossil fuel reliance in the future, as many seedlings are currently carried by boat from third party nurseries.  The cost for the nursery installations is estimated at $3,000, including water systems. 

We are very excited about the success of our participation in the Open Challenge.  Please check back here for future reports and updates.  Thanks!

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