CanopyCo plants first trees
On March 15th 2008 CanopyCo planted its first 500 trees with the help of a US Global Works Volunteer Group and the local community in Peribuela in Northern Ecuador.
We were a 30 strong group and spent the morning planting Aliso and Rosa trees in the community chaparal (a kind of scrub area). The trees were funded by the carbon offsets of tourist flights to Ecuador.
The area was chosen as it can serve no agricultural purpose due to its semi rocky and semi degraded terrain. The land is communal and as the trees and forest grows we hope to help increase the watertable and thus water catchment for the community lower down the valley.
The Aliso's and Rosa trees are part of a long term plan to reproduce the native forest ecosystem present slighty higher up the valley, with the objective to reforest with at least a dozen different native tree species during the project.
We expect this development to help increase the diversity of flora and fauna previously present in the area.