The University of The Americas at Managua (UAM) recently sent 9 students along
with Liza Gonzales from Paso Pacifico to begin monitoring and studying the
restoration of the forest in the corridor we are creating through Las Fincas.

Their work includes an inventory of the trees planted last year, a GPS reference map
of the work done last year and the referencing the proposed sites for our planting.

The students are in their third year of studying agronomy and ecology. Paso Pacifico
who is consulting on our reforestation project approved this study and helped make
this work happen.

This study, coupled with the newly released fact that we are the largest, private
rejuvenation* project in Nicaragua, puts us on our way to gaining National Private
Reserve status which will help us in protecting our reserve for eternity.

Thank you all for your interest spread the word. Help if you can. The time is now.

*Rejuvenation refers to planting several varieties of species to return the forest to
its original state. While there are a few others planting more trees than us, these are
either for future harvesting or are either non-indigenous or fruit trees and therefore,
have no value for the animals and for regeneration of the tree species.
Return to forest

Not just putting trees in the ground. This is a
designed return to forest program attempting to
restore the reserve area to it's original state.

90,000 trees to date and growing (ha!)
If you have a few moments, check out the
video done by Paso Pacifico for our project!

Take me to the video!

The key component that took us by surprise is transportation of the trees. Over about 3
weeks, 6 days per week we moved these guys from the vivero to the planting location.
Using both old world and new world transport, this was a difficult, dangerous (snakes,
spiders, centipedes, etc.) process.

From here, trees were put into milk crates and carried down hills, into creeks, ravines
and river areas. One team chopped a path, another dug the holes and a final team set
the trees into the ground. An amazing amount of work but well  worth the effort
.
We are proud to have received the Gold Standard
given by CCBA and the Rain Forest Alliance for our
efforts in our return to forest program. This award
has only been given twice previously in their history
so it was a pretty big deal.
The trees were broken down into three categories;
1) They had to be indigenous
2) We selected from this list, those that were significant in the
rejuvenation of animals in the area.
3) We broke that list down into planting areas (hills, ravines, riparian
or river areas).

We began the process in April of 2006. Our trees were raised in our
own vivero . Seeds were collected, germinated and nurtured until the
time for planting which began in September of 2006.
To date, over 95,000 trees have been successfully raised and planted.
We now are in the maintenance phase of our plan- protecting them
from weeds, wind sun damage.