Restoring the forest together
Yes, the “Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest, Costa Rica” project has been planted as of June 3rd. Thanks to all of you who donated to this project via Global Giving or attended the big fundraiser for it last April 11th it’s a done deal.
Here is short update for you, because we at LRFF want you to know that your donations are being used for the purpose you gave them.
We began at 6 am loading the trucks with seedlings from the La Reserva nursery. Another truck went down to the ICE nursery in Tronadora to pick up a load of different species to help create the biodiversity necessary for a native forest.
There were over 17 volunteers and 10 paid laborers out on the old pasture planting by 7:30 am. By 9 am the sun was high and there was no shade. The terrain was easy to navigate compared to other projects but the lack of shade was dizzying.
All of the plantings take on the same form, a wave formation, as the workers dig the holes, others haul the trees in wheelbarrows to the trees permanent site. After each hole is dug someone comes around and places a tree in the hole. Next comes the tree planter who slits open the plastic nursery bag, places the tree in the hole, with some loose dirt in the bottom, then fills in the space with dirt and tamps it down.
The first LARGE, old pasture was planted a little before 12 noon. I looked over at the other old pasture we still needed to plant and calculated that we wouldn’t finish until much later that afternoon but amazingly, we finished digging the holes and planting that last field a little after 1 pm
There were 18 of us at the end of the day. We planted 1600 trees on over 1 ½ hectare. Roy offered his land to be reforested without any desire to be paid environmental service payments. In other words, if LRFF could raise the funds to do the project, it would be a done deal. Thanks to all of you, we have begun the rainy season with a giant step toward our goal of planting, at least, twice as many trees as in 2009. That would be 20,000+. Without all of you it wouldn’t be possible. The only way we can reach that goal is by getting our projects on Global Giving funded.
Come on everyone. Go to Global Giving, http://www.globalgiving.org
to check out the projects we have up there that still need donations. This coming Wednesday, June 16th is a Matching Day at Global giving. They will be matching all donations up to $1000/donor/project by 50%. Tell your friends and family to help, the only way you can, by giving to projects that restore our Earth’s vital native tropical forests. We are the only organization with projects in Costa Rica. We have six months left in the current rainy season, so……
LET’S GET PLANTING, EVERYONE!!
See the forest patch landscape
A newly planted native forest
Mindy Feldman and Omar Muñoz
The crew that worked all day