Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia

by Sumatran Orangutan Society
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Replanting Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Orangutans need forests. Photo by Suzi Eszterhas.
Orangutans need forests. Photo by Suzi Eszterhas.

Back in September 2018, we sent you some news about our ambitious campaign to buy 890 acres of land - currently an oil palm plantation - and turn it back into vibrant, healthy rainforest for orangutans and other wildlife. This campaign, the Rainforest Home Appeal, comes to an end on 15th March 2019, and we are delighted to say that we have so far raised £816,030 of the £870,000 we need to be able to complete the land purchase. This is all thanks to the generosity of people like you.

We want to make one final push to ensure we reach the final target, and for that, we need your help. Please will you share our campaign with your friends and family, and encourage them to chip in?

Reaching our final target will mean that we can take a barren, lifeless piece of land and turn it into a lush, biodiverse piece of forest. It will mean we can create a buffer zone next to the precious Leuser Ecosystem, protecting it from illegal logging and poachers. It will mean that orangutans, elephants and tigers have 890 acres of safe forest in which to roam.

The image below shows the 'before and after' of one of our other restoration sites in Sumatra - the difference in just a few years is amazing!

Thank you for your support.

A 'before and after' from a restoration site.
A 'before and after' from a restoration site.

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A happy restoration team. Credit Andrew Walmsley.
A happy restoration team. Credit Andrew Walmsley.

Some aspects of replanting the rainforest are obvious - preparing compost, finding the right seeds to plant, and making sure those seeds mature into healthy trees. 

Another important focus for the reforestation teams, especially at new restoration sites, is teambuilding. To fully restore an area to forest takes several years, not to mention the ongoing maintenance and protection work required once the forest starts to grow. This means it’s crucial that the teams trust each other and work well together. Our forest restoration teams use what's known as the interpersonal approach to teambuilding – focusing on sharing, communication and mutual support. Teambuilding activities are guided by community leaders and the restoration team manager, who use their experience to ensure the activities achieve results.

The teams are always touched to hear how many people from all over the world donate to support their work. Tomorrow, 27th November, is Giving Tuesday. Any donation made to us that day will be matched by Global Giving from their Giving Tuesday match fund, so your impact will be even bigger than usual. If you are able to, please give to our project on Giving Tuesday, and share the project with everyone you know. It will give a boost to the rainforest, and to the dedicated people who tend it. 

A team in action. Credit Andrew Walmsley.
A team in action. Credit Andrew Walmsley.
Seedlings in the nursery. Credit Andrew Walmsley.
Seedlings in the nursery. Credit Andrew Walmsley.

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Credit Paul HIlton
Credit Paul HIlton

Bring back the forest

An Indonesian oil palm plantation is up for sale and we have a golden opportunity to buy this land and restoring the lush forest that once stood there.

This will provide shelter for orangutans and other endangered animals, and create a vital asset for local communities. By donating, you will help return this land to the forest and wildlife to whom it once belonged.

Our plan is simple. Working with our Indonesian partners — an organisation called Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari (YOSL) — we will buy and restore this 890 acre site to its former natural glory. Removing the oil palms and replanting the forest will encourage orangutans and other wildlife to return, extending their habitat from the neighbouring national park.

Forest restoration projects involve local communities from the start.

We know this works, because YOSL have an excellent track record, working closely with local communities to bring forests back to life. They already manage several other restoration sites in the region as you know, and so far have planted over 1.6 million trees. Orangutans, elephants and sun bears are returning to these areas — your donation will help create a new home for these threatened species.

This is an amazing opportunity, but we only have a few weeks to seal the deal. We need to raise the first installment by 9 September 2018 to secure the land, otherwise the land could continue to be a plantation, devoid of wildlife.

Thank you for all the support you give.

Rachel

credit Andrew Walmsley
credit Andrew Walmsley
credit Andrew Walmsley
credit Andrew Walmsley

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Barking deer
Barking deer

One of the most exciting things about forest restoration work is watching wild animals start to return to areas that were previously barren and silent. All our restoration sites are monitored by camera traps as well as by people, so we get lovely images beaming in from across the world - monkeys running past the camera, pigs snuffling in the undergrowth and even elephants moving carefully past in the night.

We're really hopeful that this week's Global Giving Rewards bonus day will bring in even more funds for our Replanting Rainforest project, ensuring that animals continue to appear on our screens for years to come.

If you make a donation on July 18th, it will be match-funded, increasing your impact for the rainforests of Sumatra. We, and the animals, are truly grateful.

Marbled cat
Marbled cat
Pig-tailed macaque
Pig-tailed macaque
Sumatran elephant
Sumatran elephant
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reforestation area
reforestation area

In the last few months we have been working on 4 restoration sites at Singkil, Halaban, Bukit Mas and Baharok.

Singkil Wildlife Reserve

The restoration site at Singkil is around 10km fromSinebuk Pusaka village, East Trumon sub-district. The first phase therefore was to build a cabin where the team can live. This was started in January.

We also have formed restoration team consist of four local people, who will live in the site and assist the team in every restoration activities in Singkil.

Our restoration manager provided in-site training to the team to build their capacity.

The topics include are

1) introduction to pioneer and climax plants,

2) knowledge about nursery and germination house,

3) how to make compost fertilizer and planting medium for germination house,

4) seedling production techniques,

5) technique how to transport seedlings and plant in line,

6) planting and maintenance techniques,

7) seedling monitoring and tree-growth monitoring.

The training aims to enrich local people’s knowledge and skill, as this helps to ensure the long-term project objectives are achieved.                                       

Nursery Construction

We started the nursery in February and we are planning to produce 30,000 seedlings in it. It was challenging to transport some of the necessary materials in to Singkil. We also bought new tools for the restoration team to support their activities in the nursery.

Seedling Productions

We started seedling production in March, the target is 30,000 seedlings to be planted in area of 150 Ha. By end of March there are already 10,000 put in polybags and local communities are actively involved in seedling productions.

Halaban

In Halaban, we have re-planted 150 seedlings to replace seedlings which were destroyed by boars and elephants. In addition, we have maintained a 5 Ha area.  

Bukit Mas

In the period of January to March, we have conducted tree maintenance in total area of 15 Ha. This means extensive weeding of some of the voracious grasses which otherwise steal the majority of the nutrition from the soil. We also planted 2 Ha of trees, (around 1,000 trees per hectare). This was a combination of fast-growing species and fruiting trees, which tend to grow more slowly, but help to attract wildlife to the newly replanted area.

Bahorok

In January, we started tree planting in area of 8 Ha, followed by maintenance and tree arrangement to create density in the area. The site also produced 5000 seedlings. This is to restore forest in a peatland site, so the first stage is to clear the area of rubber trees, grass and shrubs to give the trees a chance. We planted a mixture of fast-growing pioneer species and fruiting species which are popular with wildlife, such as Durian.

Each of these sites is at a different stage in their reforestation. At Halaban, where the forest already attracts animals, such as elephants, orangutans and sun-bears, the work is mainly weeding and replanting where gaps appear, as well as monitoring progress. In new sites, such as Singkil, you will see the initial stages of setting up a new reforestation project are much more intensive.

Thank you for your support in making this possible. 

Carrying kit to distant Singkil site
Carrying kit to distant Singkil site
local community planting seedlings in Singkil
local community planting seedlings in Singkil
tree maintenance at Halaban
tree maintenance at Halaban
Training new team in the field Singkil
Training new team in the field Singkil
Finished cabin for staff and volunteers to sleep
Finished cabin for staff and volunteers to sleep

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