The Key Activities
Throughout the year, we establish community and landowner contacts to identify new planting partners. We provide technical assistance to participants of ongoing reforestation and management projects, including planting methods, pruning, thinning, pest control, and sustainable harvesting. We conduct outreach in local schools and community organizations.
The seedling production begins during the Spring of the year before planting with the preparation of composting materials for seedling medium. This requires one full year to complete.
Between the early summer and early fall of the year before planting, local participants help to collect seed cones from the region where the seedlings will be planted the following summer. Cleaning, processing, and storage of seeds take at least a couple of months.
Each year in September and October, locally-collected seeds of native trees are planted in cavity trays (copper block system) filled with a composted soil medium. Successful seed germination requires constant care. Thus, watering, weeding, and care of the seedlings continues until they are planted the following June, July, and August.
Once the rainy season begins (June of next year) and there is sufficient soil moisture, the seedlings are packed into bundles of twenty-five, transported to planting sites, and distributed free of charge to local participants. We provide final verbal instructions as well as printed planting guides to participants. In some cases, reforestation campaigns are conducted with the help of hundreds of volunteers.