Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Nov 24, 2015

Planting Trees, Growing Community

Pine Ridge Tree Planting
Pine Ridge Tree Planting

To date, Trees, Water & People’s Planting Tribal Trees for Climate Change pilot project has successfully reforested approximately 30 acres of land on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We planted 10,000 native Ponderosa Pine seeds that were grown at the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) greenhouses in Fort Collins, Colorado and transported safely to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) greenhouse in South Dakota in May 2015. Under the leadership of Trees, Water & People (TWP) and Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), seven local Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) members and nine additional volunteers were trained how to properly plant the trees. The tribal members were compensated for their time over the two week period by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), providing employment and incentive for their new reforestation skills.

This was an exciting collaborative opportunity to work with the OST President’s Office and the BIA, who have both expressed interest in continuing this important environmental project. The multi-year goal is to reforest more of the 20,000 acres of land at Pine Ridge destroyed by wildfires over the last two decades. TWP is committed to supporting this long-term effort and we hope you will join us in planting thousands of more trees on tribal lands!

What can you do to help spread the word?

  • Forward this email to your friends and family
  • Share  the project on Facebook! Copy and paste this link and tell people why you support tree planting on tribal lands: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pine-ridge-reforestation/ 
  • Make a donation before the end of the year and receive a tax-deduction

Stay tuned for updates as we make plans for 2016. Happy Holidays!

Planting trees is hard work!
Planting trees is hard work!
Planting trees creates community
Planting trees creates community
Oct 27, 2015

Next Step: Raising the Roof!

Raise the roof!
Raise the roof!

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." ~Herman Melville

It has been humbling to see so many people, from many walks of life, coming together to help build a new home for the Shields family. With a diversity of hands and hearts working to make this house a home, we are reminded how lucky we are to have such a generous community of supporters creating dignified housing for a family in need.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen rapid progress in the construction of the compressed earth block (CEB) home for the Shields family. Our dedicated crew, led by Assistant National Director, John Motley, EARTHinBLOCK, and Lakota Solar Enterprises, has been working hard to get the home buttoned up before the winter hits. Along with many volunteer groups from around the country, they have all the walls up, doors and windows installed, radiant floor heating, and insulation on the walls. In addition, they started constructing the roof, with metal finish to follow.

What's next?

  • Finish the roof
  • Stucco the outside
  • Get the interior walls up
  • Install electric and water
  • Dry wall the ceiling and interior 

We are past the half way mark of our fundraising goal. In order to finish the Shields' home, we need to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. Can you share this project with your friends and family and ask them to make a donation?

Thank you for your generosity! Stay tuned for more updates.

Volunteer power!
Volunteer power!
Paul Shields (left) and Silas Red Cloud
Paul Shields (left) and Silas Red Cloud
Radiant floor heating
Radiant floor heating
Oct 8, 2015

The walls are rising!

The walls are rising!
The walls are rising!

We are excited to report that the first compressed earth blocks have been set and the walls are now rising at Paul Shield's new CEB home! The weather has been beautiful at Pine Ridge and we have a great group of 15 high school volunteers from Aurora, Colorado helping us on this new (and most exciting!) phase of the construction process. We also have the Lakota Solar Enterprise crew and our partners at EARTHinBLOCK assisting on-site. What an incredible group of people that have come together to make a house a home!

Yesterday, Paul had the honor of laying the very first brick of his new home, a life-chaning moment for he and his family. In fact, Paul has been involved every step of the way, putting a huge amount of sweat equity into his new home. I can tell you, they are blessed and humbled by the outpouring of support.

Next steps:

  • Leveling the interior floors and pouring the floor slab by this Friday
  • Installing solar powered radiant floor heating - clean, free energy from Mother Nature!
  • Installing windows and doors 

We are very grateful for your support. We would not be able to complete this new home without your generosity! Please consider sharing this project with your friends and family so we can meet our fundraising goal by the end of the year.

Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all related),

 

Richard W. Fox
Executive Director
Trees, Water & People

P.S. More updates to come soon, so stay tuned. Until then, please consider a donation to help us meet our fundraising goal of $10,000! 

The Red Clouds
The Red Clouds
The first window frame is in!
The first window frame is in!
CEB walls
CEB walls
 
   

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