Some of the land that Health & Habitat purchased a dozen years ago was used as a pasture and to grow cacao. Our Ecuadorian partner at that time, Jatun Sacha Foundation (JS), had developed new reforestation methods and on this land, partially with grant money, they put their best talents to work.
They used a system whereby sentinel trees were planted, surrounded by nursery trees to protect them from ants and other creatures.
JS had mapped natural Amazonian rainforest patterns and recreated them on this land. They already knew that this area was phenomenally rich in number of tree species per acre. Sometimes there would only be one of a species, other times just a few - and of course, there could be more of the smaller trees and bushes.
Rainforest can not really be truly naturally reforested because there are no longer enough indigenous animals to carry the seeds, especially larger ones. Also, most of the time, there is no real soil to nurture growing trees.
In nature when a tree falls, a spot opens up and a succession of plants come slowly in. But when a larger area is cleared, its very thin mantle deteriorates and washes away. However, because of the relatively benign farming done on H & H land, the "soil" was still viable when bolstered with added nutrients.
Now, ten years later, there is a young but thriving rainforest, which can offer safe harbor for animals and birds.
................Come and see for yourself..................
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