Filling bags in the new nurseries
The Rio Sol Biological Corridor project has already received some donations. The 35 hectare forest restoration project was inspired by Sole Technology, the makers of Etnies shoes and our friends the Maleku Indians of Guatuso. Roian Atwood, Corporate Sustainability Manager for Sole, who has been watching LRFF’s progress since 2009, contacted us in October to say that Sole Technology had approved a generous donation to plant 35,000 trees. We spoke to Roian about our work with the Maleku and the company decided that they would ideally like to plant the trees on the Maleku reserve, the first of many projects to recuperate their ancestral territory and reforest 2/3 of it.
Last week the first nurseries were created on the properties of Alexis and Isidro, two Maleku landowners along the Sol River. Alexis is planting almost 4000 seedlings in his new nursery and Isidro is planting 1000. This is accomplished by filling the nursery bags with fresh dirt, going out into the forests that still exist in the surrounding area to collect seedlings from the forest floor and then replanting them in the nursery.
Something very exciting happened last past week….we have found a source of BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC NURSERY BAGS. We have placing our first order for 20,000 today and they will be ready within two weeks. The use of non-biodegradable plastic nursery bags in the past has always bothered us. One of LRFF’s values is that we walk lightly upon the Earth. On all of our planting projects we collect all of the plastic nursery bags left behind but that has left us with 100 lb. sacks of plastic bags that NEVER biodegrade. Even though we pick them all up there is still the problem of how to dispose of them. Now we will be able to bury the bags in the ground after we remove the trees and they will disappear over time.
Sole Technology has donated enough funding to pay for 35,000 trees, but LRFF must come up with matching donations to cover the planting and maintenance for the next two years. This is why we call upon all of you to please consider contributing to this extremely worthwhile project. LET’S GET PLANTING!!
Sol River at flood stage. Forests prevent flooding