This project will allow us to reforest the last 8 hectares - which are currently still pasture - of La Reserva which sits atop the continental divide.
In 1998 the La Reserva property was left to regenerate native forest naturally by selling off all the cattle. Most of the land regenerated to secondary native forest by natural seed dispersion. The 8 hectares of pasture included in this project were planted with an introduced African grass that over the years grew into a dense matt that is over 1 meter high. In these areas the natural dispersal of seeds is virtually impossible. The project completes the reforestation of all 40 hectares of LR.
Preparation of the planting site, which involves clearing of the African grasses and digging 8,000 holes for the seedlings. Planting of 8,000 seedlings. Maintenance for the first two years to prevent the grasses from choking out the tree seedlings.
Completing the reforestation of LR will eliminate invasive grass that has prevented seedlings from natural regeneration, raise ecological awareness in local community, absorb 2000 tons of CO2 and increase forest cover and foraging for native species.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
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