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
Baby NANCE Tree Bouquet
Baby NANCE Tree Bouquet

Do you ever wonder where we get all the trees we plant?   Our ACCT community of workers and local residents at large in the southern zone of Costa Rica help us to produce more than 75 different kinds of native fruit, medicinal and lumber trees. We make regular excursions into the jungle to seed collect which is a popular and fun educational event. In addition, so many local residents keep an eye on the trees in their particular area, noticing when they flower and make fruit.  One can usually spot lots of animals frolicking around fruiting trees which is a good sign that seeds are plentiful underneath. 

People of all ages love to collect seeds, They especially love making a baby tree bouquet by pulling the recently sprouted ones out of the ground. People seem to feel good when they can connect with the cycles of Nature.  That's why we hope this holiday season, you will remember that you can give  someone a baby tree, even a  bouquet. It is such a great way to nurture our planet, ourselves, and our loved ones.

There are so many benefits to getting the community involved in the tree production part of our reforestation work, whether it be sponsors or more hands on like local seed collectors.  This helps to raise the consciousness of people of all ages about biodiversity and reforestation.  Being part of the ongoing cycle of producing the trees creates a direct correlation with the value of keeping the rainforest standing. Each person who participates marvels at how many different kinds of trees we plant, especially the rare ones devoted to feeding the threatened wild animals.  Finding ways to connect our tree planting work to conserving the source, the rainforest itself, has been one of our great successes on this journey of community reforestation. 

Baby MAMON CHINO Trees
Baby MAMON CHINO Trees
Sarah and her tree bouquet!
Sarah and her tree bouquet!
Abby and Daney Collect baby tree bouquets
Abby and Daney Collect baby tree bouquets
Rainforest seeds are gorgeous
Rainforest seeds are gorgeous
Mango baby trees bouquet
Mango baby trees bouquet
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Eco Tourism shares the rainforest trees!
Eco Tourism shares the rainforest trees!

A little support goes a long way to inspire people to be their best. It is amazing how many direct and indirect benefits grow from planting rainforest trees with community participation. We are super proud to present our newest family of tree planters collaborating with our Sponsors to grow future rainforest now. Meet the Brothers from Project Eco Chontales.  Thanks to the support they have received from our Sponsors over the last 2 years, we are paying this family to grow 3560 diverse native trees on their amazing farm complete with a world class waterfall.  These 4 Costa Rican brothers and their families now feel empowered to reach even higher to get their eco tourism project off the ground.  They are creating a paradise eco tourism project complete with education about the importance of tropical reforestation for the planet.  

In another success story, the participating farm family feels that they have a better future planting trees and conserving their land than continuing to destroy it with cattle farming and herbicides and pesticides. They have chosen to cultivate long term sustainability by growing organic slow rainforest food for themselves, the tourists and the animals. We have planted all kinds of fruit and wood trees all along the trails that lead through this farm. And if one walks just 10 minutes, a huge PRIZE is waiting to delight and amaze!  This glorious waterfall for all to enjoy as it recycles  massive amounts of fresh clean water right before our very eyes. This project is extra special because this waterfall serves as an attraction for tourists who end up learning how the rainforest trees keep the hydrological cycle recycling over 20,000 gallons of water per acre each and every year.

Jose and Rene, two of the brothers, did most of the planting work alongside our capable crew of women tree planters. The whole extended family is excited to follow the growth of these newly planted trees for the next 4 years with active paid maintenance for every tree including cutting away cattle grasses, vines and other suffocating regenerating plants. We look forward to sharing more pictures of the growth of the trees and the families' projects as a result of collaborating with our Global Giving community reforestation initiatives.  With every sponsored tree, we are able to grow more rainforest for all the benefits they give to the planet like cleaning the air and storing excess carbon dioxide, producing fresh oxygen, creating biodiverse habitat for survival of species and regenerating healthy rain cycles and clouds to balance global weather patterns. 

Brothers Mario, Rene and Jose
Brothers Mario, Rene and Jose
Excited about all the biodiverse tree species
Excited about all the biodiverse tree species
Kids learning about rainforests and waterfalls!
Kids learning about rainforests and waterfalls!
Jose with his 1 year old Tree
Jose with his 1 year old Tree
Brothers Mario, Rene and Jose
Brothers Mario, Rene and Jose
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Girls are good tree planters!
Girls are good tree planters!

One of the best things we have done at Project Tierras Morenas Costa Rica is include women in the center of tree planting activities. Traditionally, field work has been done exclusively by the men in the valley where we work. But for the past three years, women have been working  in our work crews and we can see the positive benefits at all levels of our rainforest tree planting community. More connection and more opportunities for women improve the quality of life for the whole family. 

Women can  swing machetes, collect seeds, load trucks, carry trees on their shoulders and cut away choking vegetation for good tree growth. They are experts with the shovel too! And they work efficiently while smiling and laughing and often picking flowers and even wild food! We watch the women gently nurture each and every tree as they plant it and then follow it for 4 years with constant care. The tiny  saplings really are babies in need of care out there in the cattle grasses and the women show great success by keeping death rates low and and growth rates high. We could not be more proud of the women who work with our rainforest community so well. 

After a half day of work, ( 6 am to noon), the women return to their homes and take care of their families with a heightened sense of self esteem and dignity. They share their tree work stories with their families from a positive place. They also feel good about contributing to the family budget. Conversations about reforestation and conservation pepper the dinner table and the whole family gets in on the excitement and the prosperity and dignity that comes from rural families reforesting their own land together. It is hard work but the benefits are obvious. Keeping women in the center of our tree planting and care work is a proven recipe for success for the whole family. Great examples are held out for kids and neighbors and we just keep growing more trees and empowering more people. Thank you for your continued support by sponsoring a tree today! 

Flowers of Costa Rica
Flowers of Costa Rica
Strong women!
Strong women!
SMILES FOR TREES!
SMILES FOR TREES!
NO age limits for women tree planters!
NO age limits for women tree planters!
We all work together to plant more trees!
We all work together to plant more trees!
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Omar
Omar

At Community Carbon Trees Costa Rica, we  work with participating Costa Rican farmers  who have deforested land from cattle farming,  Meet Omar, who is participating with our biodiverse agro-forestry programs on his small farm in La Reina, Guabo Valley Costa Rica. Omar rides his horse in the village to collect and carry any materials he may need to live.  He lives in a simple wooden house with a big river running nearby.  Several  uncovered water springs bubble forth on his land and a tiny stretch of rainforest remains in a very steep area.

Before participating with our community reforestation programs, Omar did not have gainful employment other than cattle farming. Little by little, his land would no longer support the cattle as all the topsoil had run off over the past 15 years in the torrential tropical rains and penetrating Equatorial sun.  Omar felt hopeless.

In 2013, local women and Omar replanted over 600 trees on Omar’s land, including all kinds of rare tropical lumber, fruiting trees, and water protection species. Omar is thrilled. He got paid to plant his farm along with some of the local women who are now prospering because of tree production and planting jobs. Everyone gets paid each time the surrounding cattle grasses are chopped and trees tended during the first 4 years.

You can see from the photos how big and healthy the trees are growing on Omar’s farm. He is already harvesting bananas and corn and the hardwood and fruit trees are growing leaps and bounds. No herbicide is allowed in any of all our projects and Omar is learning how  to rebuild his soil and  grow organic food within the food forest. The land is already buzzing with life, shadier and cooler.  Omar is glad that we replanted the springs with water protecting trees for future generations. He is already seeing more wildlife around his land because we planted trees connecting the river to the stretch of rainforest too! At Community Carbon Trees Costa Rica, everybody wins. Even Nature! 

Omar's wooden house
Omar's wooden house
Women Tree Planters on Omar's Farm 2013
Women Tree Planters on Omar's Farm 2013
Breadfruit Tree Growing BIG
Breadfruit Tree Growing BIG
We walk the baby trees into the farm for planting!
We walk the baby trees into the farm for planting!
2 year old trees mixed with organic food!
2 year old trees mixed with organic food!
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Give Rainforest Trees for Holiday Gifts
Give Rainforest Trees for Holiday Gifts

At this special time of year,  sometimes it is hard to think of the perfect gift for some of the people on your list who really seem to have all they need. What is more, a lot of people are consciously trying to decrease their consumption which is taking such a toll on our planet's resources. Yet, so many of us still want to enjoy that warm glow that comes from giving and receiving. So do it green this Holiday Season when our planet is so in need of more trees planted near the Equator to help fight climate change and loss and biodiversity of species.  Give a real rainforest tree planted and cared for over 25 years by local Costa Rican farmers struggling to conserve vulnerable rainforest and make a living from deforested lands. There are so many reasons to celebrate this year. Show your love for humanity, the planet, the trees! Paid local community members including women  will take care of every tree for over 25 years.

Don't forget to offset the carbon dioxide from your holiday travel too. It is so easy simply by planting trees guaranteed to grow for at least 25 years within 10 degrees of the Equator. Each tropical tree sequesters approximately 1 ton of carbon dioxide. We will do the long term tree care work for you on farms owned by Costa Ricans. See the chart below for examples of flights to and from Costa Rica where we work. Or, you can calculate your own carbon footprint from holiday travel with online carbon calculators easily used on the internet. 

Happy Holidays! Thank you for all your support of our winning effort to offset climate change with real community action!

Holiday Travel Offset CO2
Holiday Travel Offset CO2
2 year old cherry wood tree
2 year old cherry wood tree
Community Tree Planting and follow up Care
Community Tree Planting and follow up Care
Carbon Conscious Holiday Traveller
Carbon Conscious Holiday Traveller
Paid workers maintain trees for max CO2 offset
Paid workers maintain trees for max CO2 offset
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