panoramic shot of the entire planting area and us
I realize that this project has been funded, but that has a lot to do with you so I thought you'd enjoy seeing it be planted...
On Saturday, September 28th we got planting. The Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna project is the first of three projects that Strack Premier Transportation is sponsoring to offset the businesses projected GHG emissions for 2013. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for some videos and a beautiful slide show, but wait...there're more photos and news here. First of all a big up to Karlos Sandoval, Jose Gonzalez, Jimmy Acosta, Sidney Muñoz and the entire Gonzalez family for the help, it couldn't have happened without you.
At 6 am Jose and Sidney arrived at La Reserva and we loaded 600 trees into Jose's truck from the La Reserva nursery. We would use these to mix and match with the Gonzalez's nursery trees to have more species diversity.
Arenal Vida Campesina is the Gonzalez's beautiful tourist destination in Jauuri, La Fortuna where the project area is.
This was a really difficult planting but we had a lot of help as you can see above. :) The land measured approximately 1/2 hectare (1 1/4 acre) and we calculated 500 trees. We took 600 trees from the La Reserva nursery and sent approximately 200 trees back to La Reserva from Jose Gonzalez's nursery, different species to give our nursery more varieties. All total we planted about 800 trees of 102 different native species. It was a bright, sunny day near the Arenal Volcano this planting day and we felt blessed until about one hour into the work. One group digs the holes while behind them another group distributes the trees, cuts the bags and plants them. In that hot sun we got overheated frequently and we realised it would take us a lot longer than we expected. By the end of the day yours truly actually felt "cold/chilled" inside although burning up externally. Strange!
We finished at 4 pm and looked back at the 800 baby trees we'd just planted. There was Arenal Volcano (see photo) in the background of the field we'd just planted and later on the rains fell upon the blessed baby trees.
Thank you so much everyone for your generosity.
"If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together". Afrikan Proverb
The day began with this beautiful Torito orchid
Following the trees around the lake to Fortuna
Panoramic view at the Arenal Dam on the way
restaurant at Arenal Vida Campesina, Noilen
Jose Gonzalez and his two nephews, volunteers all
Finished and there she is, Arenal Volcano framed