Increase of our seedling production to 10000 a year.
By Randa Seyam | Sinal do Vale Team
Over the past few months, we've faced some challenges. However, thanks to the construction of additional 250-meter fences, we were able to successfully contain two fire incidents that resulted in the destruction of only 200 meters of land. Additionally, on the positive side, we have planted 5,000 new seedlings, using an innovative hydrogel plantation method in our 30-acre reforestation area in preparation for the upcoming dry season in September.
Looking ahead, our goal is to plant a total of 8,000 seedlings by the end of this year. Out of these, 3,000 will be sourced from our newly established seedling house. We are committed to furthering our efforts in restoring the Atlantic forest, and to achieve this, we plan to increase our seedling production capacity to 10,000 per year.
We want to express our immense gratitude to everyone who has supported our reforestation work. Your contributions are essential to our progress, and we will keep you updated as our seedlings continue to grow and thrive.
As we are coming up on the driest season of the year, our greatest efforts go to monitoring and preventing for fires. This is a very labor-heavy endeavor as it not only requires constant patrolling, but reinforcing fences and making firebreaks on each side for the 30 hectars we have planted.
This season is particularly prone to fires because neighboring farms burn their properties to prepare for next planting season, so it is critical for us to secure funds to operate! This will carry on until September when the rainy season comes back and we switch to planting mode, replacing lost seedlings and preparing new areas.
A huge thank you to our donors who are helping us bring back te Atlantic Rainforest! Please consider sharing with your friends, and stay tuned for planting season news!
Over this rainy season, we have switched to phase two of monitoring of our large scale 30-hectare reforestation effort. As you may know by our previous reports, reforestation is not just planting trees: there is a large effort behind the supply chain of seedlings and tools, analysis, designation and preparation of the areas, planting, and monitoring and replanting replacing seedlings that did not survive.
As of september when the rains start in the Mata Atlantica, we have been working hard to assess and replant, bringing in our main team, a few part time workers and volunteers. We will continue to do this, along with maintenance of fences and firebreaks for the next three years, until the trees are strong enough to survive on their own.
In the future, we hope to be able to measure carbon sinking and other ecosystem services! A huge thank you to everyone who was supported our reforestation work - your help has impacted positively on biodiversity, soil health, carbon storage and job creation!
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