Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms

by Community Carbon Trees- Costa RIca
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Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
4 year old trees = Future Forest Now
4 year old trees = Future Forest Now

Hello Tree Friends,

 

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.

Connor and Juan Carlos Tree Planters
Connor and Juan Carlos Tree Planters
Eco chantales 4 year old trees Maintenance
Eco chantales 4 year old trees Maintenance
Looks, smells, sounds and feels like a rainforest
Looks, smells, sounds and feels like a rainforest
Cut vines and open space/light for 4 yr old trees
Cut vines and open space/light for 4 yr old trees
Before We planted the Trees on this hilldside
Before We planted the Trees on this hilldside
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Treenagers youth volunteering in our Tree nursery
Treenagers youth volunteering in our Tree nursery

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. 

Teresa and Alvaro With ACCT for 17 years!!!
Teresa and Alvaro With ACCT for 17 years!!!
Raven one of our regular seed collectors
Raven one of our regular seed collectors
Tree Nurseries are the Heart of our work
Tree Nurseries are the Heart of our work
Healthy Baby Trees ready for planting
Healthy Baby Trees ready for planting
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Citizen science CO2 footprint Treenagers
Citizen science CO2 footprint Treenagers

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!

TRANSPLANTING COCOA TREES
TRANSPLANTING COCOA TREES
KIDS NATURE DAY
KIDS NATURE DAY
Tree Nursery learning tours
Tree Nursery learning tours
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BRIANNA CLIMBS A Tree to collect jacaranda seeds
BRIANNA CLIMBS A Tree to collect jacaranda seeds

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. 

Collecting baby trees already sprouted
Collecting baby trees already sprouted
Rare nene seed or Cacique
Rare nene seed or Cacique
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Growing big trees requires work
Growing big trees requires work

Listening to the farmers and workers we collaborate with in our projects is crtitical to success. Sometimes we disagree and this gives us a valuable  opportunity to deepen trust while engaging in hands on education. For example, we recently had to address the desire of one farmer to apply herbicide to his land instead of engaging in the chopping work with machete. He believed the trees would grow better if they do not have to struggle with the sometimes aggressive cattle grass that often threatens to choke the trees.

Although we have a standard rule that no herbicides are to be applied to the land, we still had to make a special trip and meet with the farmer to address his concerns and ideas. Ultimately, he realized that he would be giving his job away to the chemical company if he applied herbicide to the land. Plus, we focused on the damage to the soil and surrounding wildlife and water supplies if he applied the herbicide. We brought him studies in Espanol concerning health problems assoicated with excessive herbicide use. 

After many hours of touring the trees and discussions, the farmer agreed to forego the herbicide  application and keep up with chopping the grasses with a crew of workers all being paid a living wage per hour to care for the trees. Victory! 

Success depends on how we communicate. We cannot just deictate the rules with no regard for feedback or community pressures and opinions. When we meet face to face and talk about the solution, we end up changing paradigms in a hands on way over the long term. We also show respect ina real way for our local communities and deepen our relationships of trust. 

Listening to Community is Key for Success
Listening to Community is Key for Success
Dreamteams
Dreamteams
Growing trees requires hands on attention
Growing trees requires hands on attention
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Community Carbon Trees- Costa RIca

Location: Platanillo, Perez Zeledon - Costa Rica
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Jennifer Smith
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Platanillo, Costa Rica
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