As we approach the end of 2022, we hope you and your family have enjoyed the many blessings of a good year and happy HOLIDAY season. Its never too late to gift a tree to someone this special season of rebirth and regeneration.
We will be cleaning all the baby trees again starting the week after NEW YEARS. The fact is that climate change has been bringing unseasonal rains to Costa Rica. These off season rains mean the cattle grasses have continued to grow. So in keeping with our dedicated commitment to care for every single tree you sponsor, we will be back in field to chop the choking heavy grasses and liberate the vulnerable baby trees so they can soak up some needed sunshine during the dry season. Its important to open up some space for sunlight to enter to avoid plagues, funghal problems and root insects.
We have also learned that the yoiung and small trees will die in the hot dry summer if they are covered and choiked by the cattle grasses. So this extra added cleaning is truly the difference between life and death for the young trees. Thats why we include the cost of maintenance and follow up with every tree in order to guarantee they actually grow into a healthy biodiverse rainforest.
There is no doubt that the work starts with planting the tree. We love the follow up work of making sure they all grow. We value your sponsorship and trust and we feel so excited to keep showing you the progress of our future forests now.
We have been at it down here in Costa Rica this 2022 planting season and love to share the great results we are achieving from our consistent and expert tree maintenance follow up. Just Look at these amazing 4 year old giant trees we havce grown. This steep hillside ( about 9 acres) used to be so bare and dead and now it is teeming with birds, animals, fruits, shade, medicinal plants, pollinating plants and happy bees all over the place.
Do you see the "before" picture? We want to help you truly grasp the success of what we are doing with your gnerous support. These trees have grown huge and tall and are fulll of vigor to keep growing now that we have opened up more light and space at year 4. This moment is extra special because we also see that the trees are producing seeds and fruits for all of the wildlife, including the humans.
The range of benefits from biodiverse reforestation to grow new rainforest are ten fold and we are just so grateful to you for joining us in this mission to leave huge stretches of rainforest for future ghenerations. Showing you that we really can bring the forest back to life with many hands will hopefully inspire you to share us with a friend. We value our sponsors and recurring monthly donors and humbly ask you to help us find more. We know there are other people who want to feel good about giving bck in ethical and real successful ways to our precious planet.
Our work depends on Mother Nature. And This year, the rainy season has started early with full force. It seems we has the dryest few months ever and now we are excited to see the rain falling. Seeds have been slow this year to fall given the extreme summer dryness, so we are gratefuyl we planned ahead and saved some trees from last year to start early this year. The trees are huge and our nurseries are doing such a good job continuing to care for both the bigger trees which need more water in the summert aas well as all the sprouting babuies that are tender and need loving care. All of our tree nurseries aare working with expanded work forces, all women who were hired last year to bring us into 2022 with high biodiversity and plentiful healthy trees to deliver and plant.
Given our expansion to new areas at higher altitudes like the valley of Diamante and La Guaria plus Chimerol of Cerro Chiurripo, our high altitude nursery is fulfilling a strong demad for special trees. Again, we prepared last year for this year's rainy season and are enjoying the rewards of having lots of bigger trees of all kinds of threatened and rare species for humans and animals. And of course, our other two tree nurseries are consistently full of so many healthy varieties we are so looking forward to plant.
We can bring the rainforest back to life. It all starts with the seed sprouting. We nurture the trees so they can nurture us.
Thank you always for your generous support. Every tree makes a difference.
Its dry seaon now in COSTA RICA. The kids are on vacation and we love this opportunity to open our tree nuirseries to volunteers and hands on education. A regular part of our community reforestation work involves participating with children to awaken their nature love and awareness of earth's life systems and their interdependence. We are ever amazed how bright and informed our local kids are and we love staying with them even as they mature into young adults. So many kids from our Kids Nature Day activities have turned into Tree Ambassadors and activists on behalf of biodioverse community reforestation in the tropics with our organization. We love trees! And we love planting trees for future generations. Thanks for all of your suppport.
We are seed collecting and gearing up for the biggest planting year ever 2022!
Planting high biodiversity trees that grow into a natural feeling forest is no small task. We invest extra energy, experience, and time and resources to collect as many different kinds of trees as we can find. This unique aspect of our work makes all the difference in the ultimate health and longevity of all our community reforestation projects.
Now, in late September, we begin to focus on the maintenance of trees planted this year and in previous years since they all require follow up labor and care to actually survive. We also focus on production of trees for next year 2022 planting season which means seed collection all over our zone. We love to bring community members with us for the fun and education of the experience hiking to mature trees to collect their seeds or baby trees sprouting underneath them. Learning how each individual seed germinates best has taken years of trial and error.
The forests we grow are stronger and more resistant to plagues for their wide biodiversity. The selection of fruits and animal fodder produced in these regenerated forests makes a huge difference in local economies and food supplies. Soils regenerate their fertilkity while wildlife returns and thrives for future generations,.
It all begins with a seed. With the right conditions, a baby tree sprouts and can grow to robust maturity with your sponsorship and our ongoing, committed dedicated care.
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