Planters of Hope

Small Tree

Introduction

Since 1863, the forests where the Mesenia-Paramillo nature reserve is located today, were cut down for fire wood,  to clear land for cattle grazing and also crop planting. Due to the heavy deforestation at lower altitudes below 6000 ft, many forest fragments have been isolated together with the population of plants and animals. This off course causes species to disappear and genetic exchange is halted between populations of organisms.

Magnolia tree nursery

History

In 2007, when the Mesenia-Paramillo nature reserve was created, one of the main objectives was to recover pasture lands and allow the natural and assisted reforestation of degraded areas. Seed collection of important tree species was done to create nurseries to replant the seedlings in most of the cleared forests within the reserve boundaries. To date, over 120,000 trees have been planted.

Magnolia trees growing

Project Importance

Magnolia tree

Since the San Juan Antioquia river, flows from the upper montane forests at 8000 feet elevation to the lower fragments of forests located below 6000 feet, THC has proposed to the stakeholders, specially women, La Mesenia the creation of 12 nurseries to provide trees for reforestation of some 500 hectares of pastureland. This initiative brings an important source of income to the families. Our leader park ranger, Ubiel Rendon, a La Mesenia native, will provide the know-how and assistance to select native trees and create the nurseries. 

THC personnel at the reserve is constantly looking for seedlings of the most important tree species in the area to grow in the tree nurseries. Once the seedlings have been tended for at least four to eight months they are transplanted to the field. 

 

Magnolia jardinensis

Impact on Conservation

THC is committed to creating natural corridors to join forest fragments which will allow for populations of organisms to again have genetic exchange. This will guarantee in the long run the survival of species. We are looking for donors to support this forest recovery project.