Proud field director Jimmy Acosta Elizondo
As most of you know in January 2012 LRFF and the Maleku finished planting the last of the 35,000 trees that now make up the Rio Sol Biological Corridor. This project is a vital start for the Maleku in recuperating the ancestral land that was taken from them and destroyed in the 19th century. This enormous project that has restored the native forest the Maleku depend upon was made possible by your generous donations and the support of Etnies. But the project is far from over. LRFF maintains all trees we plant for the first 2 years to ensure their survival against the fast growing vines and weeds that would otherwise strangle them. Without this maintenance they wouldn’t survive and is therefore a crucially important part of the project. Most of the trees have grown faster than any of us would have imagined and in many parts not much more maintenance will be needed. Other areas however are really struggling and will need a continued care and attention to survive. We estimate 11 more months of maintenance will be needed in the Rio Sol corridor. The support we have received so far has kept maintenance work going since January, but will stretch to only one month more.
We have edited the Rio Sol project on Global Giving to reflect the maintenance stage we are in, with a revised budget showing exactly what is needed to finish this imperative maintenance. There is still some way to go but if you, our loyal supporters, and our achievements have shown us anything, it’s that together WE CAN DO IT!
Fast growing vines & weeds surrounding the trees
Trees struggle in some areas needing more help
Different species, planted at the same time!