The December 2021 Update
Meaghan Weeden | December 17, 2021 | 5 min read
Planting trees, restoring forests across the globe
And just like that, Christmas is just one week away, 2021 is coming to a close and we're dreaming big for reforestation in 2022. But first, let's celebrate all of the awesome things that have happened for reforestation in the past month.
From wrapping up a 7,500 tree planting project in New Zealand to kicking off the planting of 500,000 trees in Malawi, we're so excited to share our December 2021 Reforestation Update! As always, tune in below to hear more from our awesome Forest Ambassadors Kyleigh and Nicole!
Here's Our December 2021 Reforestation Update
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In New Zealand, we've just wrapped up our 7,500 tree planting effort to restore 5 kilometers of the Papakura Stream over the next 3 years to protect stream banks and water quality.In addition to improving this vital waterway, the trees planted will restore wildlife habitat for a range of native species including the threatened kaka and New Zealand bat. The restoration of this site went beyond planting trees and included establishing protective fencing, planting native shrubs and planting a nearby wetland, all of which will contribute to the health of the watershed.
In Hoopa California, we've just begin a 5 month planting of 187,000 trees on 140.5 acres of tribal lands that were devastated by firefighting efforts during the 2020 Salmon Fire.These areas provide one of the last refuges for the northern spotted owl, which the tribe is actively protecting from invasive barred owls. Their forestlands produce a number of resources for the Hoopa People including acorns, mushrooms and game for subsistence, maple bark, hazel stick, and bear grass for baskets, medicinals and more!
This month, we've begun planting 510,000 agroforestry trees in 37 different communities across Guatemala.The land has a long history of slash and burn clearing for conventional corn monocultures. By aiding the transition to a biodiverse, organic agroforestry system through offering fruit and other food trees to local farmers, this project has provided a range of ecological benefits including erosion control, improved biodiversity, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, water filtration and nutrient cycling. While soil conservation is our primary mission, working with communities on their land is key to achieving lasting impact. To achieve this, we work with local farmers to train, educate and empower them to plant using these agroforestry systems.
We've also just begun planting 500,000 indigenous and fruit trees as part of an ongoing project in Malawi, where deforestation is primarily caused by the need for construction materials, production of charcoal, firewood for cooking, and wood for making bricks and tobacco curing. To relieve pressure on primary forests, we're establishing sustainable woodlots and creating buffer zones. We're also teaching local women how to build clay brick rocket stoves, which are more efficient (and safer) than open pit fires. The long term goals of the project are to halt soil erosion completely and build up a soil layer inside the forests and to provide habitat for wildlife.
Thanks for tuning in to our update, we'll see you next month! Miss us already? Check out the One Tree Planted Youtube channel for more awesome videos. And don't forget: we have plenty of other awesome tree planting projects like these. Choose a reforestation project and plant a tree today!