|A native olive species (Simarouba amara) is planted in the forest next to a small banana plantation. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
|After four years, this tree has reached six meters height. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
Because our objective is restoring a natural forest and not reforesting with forestry production species, and because we are planting trees in highly eroded and fragile habitats, We expect to obtain far lower survival rates and tree growth. No germination and silvicultural advice exists for some of our species.
|Pitahaya (Hylocereus costaricensis), also known in English as Dragon Fruit, is an epiphytic cactus found in many trees in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
The steep slopes which dominate the crater interior accelerate the erosion process when forest cover is removed. Land with more than 15% slopes is unfit for any kind of annual cultivation, yet much of the steeply sloped land in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve still has annual crops on it or is just left without forest cover. We make agreements with owners who want to have their land reforested, and we provide the service free of charge, thanks to volunteers!
|Melero (Thouinidium decandrum) planted on the edge of this agroforestry plot in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Ripening bananas can be seen in the background. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
|Restoring a natural forest requires a number of elements which are not expected of most reforestation projects. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
|Our reforestation trees already reach two meters height, providing a complex vegetation structure and effective ground cover after only a few years. Photo by Giselle Hernandez.|
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