Planters of Hope
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.
In 2007, when the Mesenia-Paramillo nature reserve was created, one of the main objectives was to recover pasture lands and allow the natural 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 4000 trees have been planted.
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 Community Action Board at La Mesenia the reforestation of the river bank for a two-mile stretch. Land owners bordering the river will protect by fencing the designated area and actively plant native species.
THC personnel at the reserve is constantly looking for seedlings of the most important tree species in the area to grow in the tree nursery. Once the seedlings have been tended for at least eight months they are transplanted.
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.