Planting our Future
Every year, a significant amount of the Amazon Rainforest falls victim to unsustainable practices such as conventional agriculture, cattle ranching, tree-logging, and gold-mining. Even long after the deforested land is abandoned, the regeneration of a healthy and dense rainforest environment often takes decades to establish properly on its own.
Rainforest outside of the reserve is often illegally cut and burnt by invaders for the creation of temporary plantations
At the current rate of deforestation, we are losing precious rainforest much faster than the time it takes for it to regenerate. Furthermore, with the overexploitation of hardwood trees (like mahogany) by tree-loggers, we are also beginning to see less and less of them growing and thriving in the wild. If the demand for these precious woods continue, such trees may cease to exist altogether. Taking into consideration all this alarming information, you may ask, “what role do we play in the fight against deforestation?” The answer lies in our ability to use our actions to combat these threats to the rainforest.
By harnessing the appropriate knowledge and skills, we can locate threatened tree species or other plants of interest, collect their seeds, and bring them back to our plant nursery site. Harvested seeds can be of the declining hardwood trees, wild fruit trees that support and attract a wide array of wildlife, or smaller plants that help nourish the soil by releasing important elements (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) back into the ground. Back at our plant nursery, the planted seeds can receive constant attention where they correctly grow and develop into healthy saplings (baby trees). Once they reach this stage, the saplings are transported and planted in deforested areas.