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Tree Planting Challenge seeks some needed relief for rainforests
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Kids Saving the Rainforest is looking to raise its goals to include a reforestation project that will include at least 94,000 trees, according to a statement issued by the group. This will all come together during its Earth Day Tree Planting Challenge Saturday.
The goal is being led to fruition thanks to a donation of around 117 hectares, or about 289 acres, of land that the donor owned as a teak farm before it was harvested back in April 2016, according to the group’s co-founder Janine Licare. The property will be used not only for reforestation, but also to release some rescued wildlife on it, according to the organization.
To help the wildlife, consisting of some squirrel and white-faced monkeys as well as three-toed sloths, the group plans to plant a mix of native as well as fruit trees, said Jennifer Rice, the group president. Some of these native trees are also in danger of extinction, Ms. Licare noted.
The organization is hosting an event in recognition of Earth Day but also will include the beginnings of the tree planting. The event will divide attendees into three separate groups. The first group will start at 8 a.m.with the second at 9 and the last one at 10:30, according to the organization.
Each group session will begin with a half-hour history of how the non-profit and its idea of aiding the rainforest began. From there, there will be the planting of the trees. Around 90 people total are expected, Ms. Rice said.
In a statement released by the organization, its “Sponsor a Tree” chart said that it takes simply $10 to sponsor a single tree. Interested donors can go to the organization’s website HERE.
“The money will be used for this project, which was taken on the knowledge that it had to be financially sustainable,” Ms. Rice said. “We will plant as many trees that we get donations for. The rest of the reforestation will be natural growth.”
“Once we finish this part of the project we will build a biologist station and eco-cabins for researchers, biologists, students, and anyone interested,” Ms. Licare said when discussing the project’s development goals.
“The first few hectares of the property are being saved for this as there is electric, water, and cell phone coverage there, not to mention an ocean view. It is not on the ocean. It is in the mountains, but it does have a view!"
Ms. Licare began this project back in 1999 when she was 9 years old for the purpose of educating people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest, the organization’s website declares.
Ms. Rice believes that this next goal for the commencement of planting 3,000 trees beginning this Saturday is more than possible. “We always reach our goals,” she said.