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
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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Jose measures 12 year old trees for CO2 capture
Jose measures 12 year old trees for CO2 capture

Did you know that  Mother Nature provides us with amazing GREEN technology to absorb huge amounts of CO2 while producing O2 for breathing and clean water for drinking and healthy rain cycles? Yes!! Trees planted and grown on the Equator are better than any man made invention so far for environmental services. Equator trees also provide us with amazing food stuffs we all love, plus they feed the animals and regenerate the soils. 

We have been returning this dry season to many mature projects that continue to grow. The CO2 absorption and benefits are maximized every single year the trees keep getting bigger. How rewarding it has been to measure our trees from so many older projects. You may have sponsored a tree in one of these so many years ago.  Just take a look at some 12 and 16 year old forests we have grown together pictured below.

We are so honored and proud to report as well that the past director of the Carbon Nuetral Unit Earth University has been helping us to take tree measurements for applying for third party carbon certification. Our trees are finally big enough to JUSTIFY the massive amount of field and office work required to make carbon cewrtification make sense. We can share the benefits with our Costa Rican family farmers as well and help to generate a circulr economoy that will give back to everyone including the families,the fora and fauna, as well as the organization itself. We can generate more corporate and business style sponsorships with an internationally recognized CO2 certification. It's quite an expensive process, both in terms of time and money to do this carbon measuring  work, but with the partnership of our MENTOR,  this gargantuan task is more  attainable because we will delegate this process to his expert management.

Plus, we are including our community youth in the process, the TREENAGERS, to help with some of the measuring and to work with the field biologists and agro foresters calculating the CO2 and other benefits resulting from the successful long term reforestation.  We like to incorporate some environmental education "citizen science" to benefit the expansion of young minds in a hands on way.

Thank you again for you constant support. Everything we do for the trees and with collaboration of our community is an act of love and dedication and we cannot do it without you and GlobalGiving. 

Mature Trees 16 years old
Mature Trees 16 years old
Good management equals  big trees
Good management equals big trees
Citizen Science Class with the Treenagers
Citizen Science Class with the Treenagers
OUR CO2 MENTOR WORKING WITH YOUTH TO MEASURE TREES
OUR CO2 MENTOR WORKING WITH YOUTH TO MEASURE TREES
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Chopping circles around the trees
Chopping circles around the trees

Here comes dry season and we are ready. The workers have been chopping circles around the trees! Its such a beautioful sight. And even more beautiful because 13 Costa Rican families have earned money taking care of all ofg the trees during this very difficult 2020 year. We planted over 1800 new biodiverse trees, replaced 345 dead trees which died in the hard dry season 2020 and continued caring for over 12,000 babies from 6 months to 6 years old. Each year we releaser grown 6 year old trees and this year we added to our established foresty growth in the area proving we really can regenerate rainforest with long term care on dead cattle pastureland. 

With your support and continued generosity, we continue to  produce baby trees in our  tree nurseries while supporting our women's group fertile soil compost  business. We were also able to proivide a positive activity for local children to attend Kid's Nature Days when school was cancelled. Everyone enjoyed being outside with hands in the soil and we are happy to be able to continue dedicating ourself to nature education. With hard times all over, our community is more  grateful than ever that we can keep up and keep the faith that everything we need will be available.

We want to share this positive attitude with you for 2021. We appreciate you. You are part of our rainforest community that gives back so much. We have more big plans for 2021. 

By the way, we just learned that you can donate the equity from your stocks with a full tax deduction from GlobalGiving. This is a very attractive way for so many of you to finish out the year, and give back to Mother Earth and future genertations especially because the stock market performed very well. Just search stock donations on the GlobalGiving site and follow the instructions before the last day of 2020. What a great way to end the year with an amplified  WINNING  combination.

Baby 1 yr old trees prepared for sunny dry season
Baby 1 yr old trees prepared for sunny dry season
We keep up with tree  care with fair pay for work
We keep up with tree care with fair pay for work
Tender 6 month old baby tree
Tender 6 month old baby tree
healthy 2 year old baby trees
healthy 2 year old baby trees
Tree care goes on and on
Tree care goes on and on
Kids Nature Day has been a blessing for so many !!
Kids Nature Day has been a blessing for so many !!
Plant trees for future generations!
Plant trees for future generations!
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Mushroom regeneration under the trees
Mushroom regeneration under the trees

We are so excited to be turning 12 years old as an organization on September 9 of this year. And with this annivervaryv, wev are thrilled to show you the RAINFOREST we have grown and keep growing with your generous support. As you know, we take huge responsibility for every tree you sponsor by paying our community family workers to follow up by chopping cattle grasses and regenerating vegetation on a regular basis for the first 5 years. And it works, the proof is in the forest. It feels and smells, sounds and looks like  a natural rainforest full of fruit and differents kinds of trees, all growing tall and straight with lots of widlife and birds flitting about. The mushroom layer has jumpstarted in the regenerating soils under the trees and the whole ecosystem becomes fertile, cool, abundant with water and health. The prize is always found in the GROWTH of the trees you sponsor, not just in planting them but in maintaining them long term. Thank you so much. You deserve big high fies from our whole team!! 

Looks and feels like a rainforest at Year 5
Looks and feels like a rainforest at Year 5
e grew this forest with your SUPPORT!!! Thank you!
e grew this forest with your SUPPORT!!! Thank you!
Paid Labor Insures GROWTH of  young trees
Paid Labor Insures GROWTH of young trees
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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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