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Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres

by Camino Verde
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres
Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres

Hi again friends and supporters of Camino Verde,

With your help, we have continued to move right along toward the completion of our project objectives, and I'm excited to share our most recent milestones.  You may recall that we were already able to complete the two primary goals of this project: planting 1000 trees, and making the acquisition and protection of 100 more acres of rainforest a reality.

Now we have set our sights on the expanded secondary goals for this project, and the first of these is the creation of an on-site plant nursery that will allow us to propagate 1000's of tree seedlings and reduce costs and carbon footprint associated with transporting seedlings from elsewhere.  

This month we took a big first step toward the creation of the nursery: we drilled a well to provide water to the tree seedlings.  You can find photos of the work party that made it happen by clicking here.  Next up: construction of an elevated platform to support our water tank.  In the meantime, we have acquired most of the materials for our plant nursery, and our looking forward to setting it up!  

And most importantly, we're getting over 1000 trees ready to be put in the ground when the first rains of the season fall in November.  

Thanks again for supporting Camino Verde.  This most recent phase of work has also been made possible by a partnership with the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center, and of course... by your contribution!

Warm greetings from the Peruvian Amazon! 

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Hello once again, friends and supporters of Camino Verde.

Once again I am pleased to report that we are nearing the $20k fundraising landmark for our project "Planting 1000 trees, Saving 100 acres."  As you may remember, the project's immediate goals have been completed: we planted 1000 trees as part of our Living Seed Bank by March, and just last month in May we completed the legal paperwork in acquiring 100 more acres of rainforest to be preserved in perpetuity.  Thank you (!!) for helping us to make this possible.

You may also remember that we expanded the project – and its fundraising goals – to include the creation of an on-site plant nursery.  We are very happy to announce that we are also being supported by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center towards the completion of this goal by mid 2012.

And now, with our sights set on fully funding this project, we have expanded once again.  The project's budget now stands at $30,000 and the duration for the project has been expanded to 2 years.  And our goals of course have expanded to keep pace: funding we receive from here on out will go to our next thousand trees, which we will start planting when the rains return in November.  Some of these trees will be planted in a deforested area of the land we were able to purchase through your support!

Thank you once again for your help.  We are very excited to be growing along with our trees.  

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A giant kapok tree on the newly acquired land.
A giant kapok tree on the newly acquired land.

We are very happy to announce that yesterday, May 20th, marked the date of Camino Verde´s purchase of 100 more acres of rainforest in Tambopata, Peru.  It is thrilling to complete this important chapter in our work.  Thank you for your support!

Meanwhile, we are continuing to check off items from this project´s list of goals.  We reached the 1000-tree mark last month: 1000 trees planted this planting season, bringing the total number of tree species we´ve planted to 225, and the number of planted trees that we maintain to around 7000! 

In other news, in April we enjoyed a visit from a GlobalGiving roving representative, who certified Camino Verde as a "vetted organization" and helped us explore new ways to work with GlobalGiving to expand our work in preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity.

Next up: in August we will begin work on our on-site plant nursery, an element of this project that will allow us to propagate tree seedlings at our center, avoiding transportation costs and petrol usage in getting tree seedlings to their final home.  We are being funded in the nursery creation endeavor by grants from the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center, and First Parish Social Action Grants of Concord, Massachusetts.  And by you! 

Thanks again for your interest and support.  100 acres of rainforest thank you!

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Nearing the end of March, 2011, Camino Verde is pleased to announce that we are getting very close to reaching a few of this project´s main goals.  First, and most importantly, we have planted over 900 trees in the first months of 2011, and are poised to finish planting 1000 trees very soon.  In total, we have planted around 50 tree species this year, many of which we have never planted before.  Part of the area planted is the first part in the development of Camino Verde´s botanical garden.  So far, 40 tree species represented.

In additional exciting news, we are beginning to move on the purchase of 40 more hectares (100 acres) of land on the Tambopata River in southern Peru.  We expect to have finished the purchase process by June or July at the latest. 

In short, our work is moving forward as planned.  We are grateful for your support and looking forward to sharing news of the completion of the next phase in our project very soon.  Thanks again for your interest in Camino Verde!

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After the exciting news that Camino Verde´s first project to appear on GlobalGiving reached 7th place in the Open Challenge (thank you!), we have adjusted and the project´s details to reflect the project´s goals for 2011.  Most obviously, we expanded the funding goal from the original $5,000 (which we far surpassed), to reflect a wider goal for a whole calendar year: $20,000. 

This total reflects several components of the current project, including:

1. Purchase of 100 acres of rainforest.  Of the total $20,000 funding goal, $5,000 will be applied to the purchase price (as the rest of funding for the purchase was secured before the Open Challenge by our supporters).  An additional $1,000 is put aside to cover the considerable bureaucratic expenses related to land purchase in Peru, including any outstanding property back-taxes on the land.  This thousand will ensure legal smooth sailing in the purchase, and leftovers will be reverted to use in the points below.

2. Planting 1000 trees.  As of the current report (30 Dec. 2010), we have planted 500 trees towards this goal.  The remaining 500 trees will be planted between now and April 2011.  We give an estimate cost of $5 to plant one tree, meaning that our 1,000 trees for the year correspond to an additional $5,000 (already in place as of the time of this writing.

3. Caring for over 5,000 trees.  The 5,000 trees Camino Verde has planted in the last three years require constant maintenance in the form of weeding, pruning, and more.  $6,000 of the project´s total is directed to the maintenance of the newly planted 1,000 trees, and the 5,000 that came before.

4. Camino Verde Plant Nursery.  Facilitating our future tree planting campaigns, we will create a plant nursery on site at our Reforestation Center and Living Seed Bank at Baltimori, Tambopata, Peru.  Initially, the nursery will have a capacity for 500 tree seedlings, with an aim to expand to 1,000 after the first year.  This will greatly reduce transportation costs and fossil fuel reliance in the future, as many seedlings are currently carried by boat from third party nurseries.  The cost for the nursery installations is estimated at $3,000, including water systems. 

We are very excited about the success of our participation in the Open Challenge.  Please check back here for future reports and updates.  Thanks!

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Camino Verde

Location: Concord, MA - USA
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Robin Van Loon
Concord, MA United States

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