Participants in Green Day plant seedlings together
Each year, we make headway on regrowing a portion of key orangutan habitat adjoining Gunung Palung National Park. This past year was no different. Over the course of 2011, 17 acres were carefully replanted with 21,800 seedlings, in an effort that employed many local people.
Since the beginning of our work, our partner, ASRI, has reforested 42 acres of rainforest, with an extremely high seedling survival rate of 85%! Our Reforestation Program works to return the vastly-reduced orangutan habitat to a larger area, giving these magnificent forest-dwellers room to reproduce and roam; while also decreasing erosion, a major issue in a land where rainfall is plentiful.
Last month, the villages surrounding Gunung Palung National Park celebrated Green Day. The annual event was a resounding success, with over 400 people gathering from all walks of life – schoolchildren side-by-side with local government officials. Each planted a seedling, a tangible, growing symbol of the community commitment to stewarding the regrowth of this amazing forest.
It's events like this, that include young and old, that truly demonstrate the power of community to make a difference in integrating human and environmental health. It's thanks to your support that these trees can be planted, these new livelihoods forged. We couldn't do it without you! We extend our heartfelt gratitude, and invite you to stay involved in Saving the Rainforest with a Stethoscope.
Seedlings take root (photo by Kari Malen)