What types of trees do you plant? Do you plant only indigenous species?
We take invasive species seriously. We primarily use species that are already naturalized or are native to an area. However, as many of our projects involve working on degraded lands, one of the main criteria is planting trees that grow quickly and can establish an environment that allows native flora to return.
Our goal is first and foremost the rapid and continued return of indigenous trees. In many cases, however, the lands we plant on are often so damaged that indigenous trees can no longer inhabit their once native lands. Many species that once inhabited the forest are unable to withstand harsh, direct sunlight. They need the shade that is no longer there. In order to restore biodiversity, we plant multi-purpose, fast-growing trees to create conditions that allow the native species to thrive and return. We are always careful to avoid using invasive species, but we do not restrict ourselves to only native species .
By initially introducing the proper pioneer tree species, the former conditions can be brought back and within a very short time, we can bring about the natural regeneration of the past diversity to a site. We’re in it for the long haul!
You can learn more about the types of trees planted in each area by visiting our planting pages!