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Looking Back: Plant With Purpose’s founding in the aftermath of category 5 hurricane David

With hurricane Patricia in the news today, it occured to me to re-post this video, telling the story of Plant With Purpose’s founding in the aftermath of devastating hurricane David, which struck the Dominican Republic in 1979.

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New Video Highlighting Tree Planting on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro

I had the opportunity to visit Plant With Purpose’s Tanzania programs last January with the amazing videographer Shaun Boyte, who produced this video for us. It does a great job of portraying the positive impact that tree planting has on the lives of farmers and on the environment. We heard many farmers say that since they had been planting trees, rainfall had increased and the weather was cooler than in the past. This local deforestation has been strongly linked to the melting glaciers on Kilimanjaro. If the the local farmers’ efforts are multiplied, it seems very possible that the melting could be reversed.

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Tree Planting in Oaxaca: The Difference Four Years Makes

I have the privilege of being in Oaxaca this week with our group from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. We participated in a variety of activities this week and I’ll be putting up a few posts. First I want to show you a couple reforestation pictures.

Oaxaca is the most deforested state in Mexico, and the Mixteca Alta region, where Plant With Purpose works, is the most deforested part of Oaxaca. The good news is that with the participation of the local community, things can really turn around. Take a look at these pictures of pine tree seedlings being planted and of those that were planted for years ago:

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Our intrepid visiting tree planting team about to get to work

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A Oaxacan Pine in it’s new home

After we were done planting these trees, one of the leaders of the local community of La Union, Don Nivel, wanted to show us a hillside that they planted four years ago. We were pretty amazed by what we saw:Image

A forest of 1,500 Four year old Oaxacan Pines: with Don Nivel and Eduardo, who leads Plant With Purpose’s reforestation work in Oaxaca.

Don Nivel led the effort to plant these 1,500 trees four years ago and was very proud to show them to us. As we walked through them we could see how the pine needles were building up on the ground. Bird nests in the trees were a sign that wildlife was returning. As we thought about the barren hillside where we had planted in the morning, this gave us a living example of what the future could look like in Oaxaca. The trees will also make a tremendous human impact as the control erosion which will increase crop yields and reduce water-borne illness by naturally filtering the water as it soaks into the ground.

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Don Nivel pointing out a bird nest

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Biodiversity in Grande Colline, Haiti

Today I stumbled on this youtube video of a team of scientists documenting biodiversity in the Grande Colline region of Haiti where Plant With Purpose works and where I’ll be next month. It has quite a lot of helicopter footage that gives an interesting perspective on the remaining forest as well as the extent of deforestation there. Check it out!  The screenshot below is of the Hispaniola Sharp-nosed Frog. More Haiti posts to follow soon…

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