Remember the 1000 bags of dirt from a month ago?
They have grown:
We started out giving trees to the kids from our Junior Ranger program to plant and care for at their homes:
But there are still a lot of trees to go! Next, we are working with local partners to plant the trees in areas that need restoration. Our partner organization, Si A La Vida, has a working farm with a forest that was destroyed in the 2017 hurricane Nate. So our Centro PUMA staff gathered kids from our Junior Ranger program, and partnered with kids and staff from Si A La Vida to plant trees.
They planted a total of 120 trees, plus donated an extra 30 to the farm workers to replace losses or plant elsewhere. Their farm is part of a network of forested areas that are habitat to many animals including the endangered yellow-naped amazon parrot. Every native tree here adds a positive benefit to the environment.
It was a day of very hard work in very rocky soil, so many adults came and helped the kids.
But a great experience for the kids to take part in restoration of their local habitat.
And it's fun to see these bags of dirt:
There are still many more trees to plant this year, and we are working on ideas to fund this project next year. Thank you to Si A La Vida, New England Biolabs Foundation, and all of you for your financial and moral support! You can donate to our project here.