Restoring degraded land so that it can become a thriving habitat for orangutans and other wildlife takes a lot of hard work, and planting seeds is just the beginning.
Between April and June this year, the restoration teams in Sumatra planted almost 40,000 seedlings in just two of the newest restoration sites, Cinta Raja III and Bukit Mas. When the seeds are first planted, they are kept in a nursery for between 3 to 6 months before they can be moved out to the main restoration site. During these first crucial months, when the plants are small and delicate, seedling maintenance is vital to keep them healthy. Staff living on-site monitor the nursery daily: removing weeds, checking for any signs of disease, and ensuring that the seedlings are receiving enough nutrients and water.
When the seedlings are large enough to be planted out in the restoration site, the maintenance continues - supplying the young trees with organic mulch, pruning unhealthy branches, removing dead seedlings, or those with signs of disease, and replacing them with new ones from the nursery.
Thank you for your ongoing support in helping us to keep this work going. We really appreciate it, and so do the people working hard on the ground to plant rainforests for the future.