Native Tree Nurseries Ecuador
We source all our native trees through local organizations and community run tree nurseries.
This way we help local farming communities with extra work and income by buying trees on a contractual basis; we wish to stimulate these activities and help provide employment in the countryside to reduce city labour migration.
With each new reforestation area, we expect to develop a new tree nursery, depending of course on local availability of plants and the scale of the reforestation exercise. As part of the process we will develop marketing and business skills that will aid the survival of the tree nursery.
Tree species that will be produced and reforested include:
|Below 2500 m||Above 2500 m|
|Aliso, Alnus jorullensis||Yagual, Polylepis lanuginose|
|Cedro, Cedrella montana||Rosa, Vallea stipularia|
|Lucayena||Quishuar, Buddleis incana|
|Tocte, Juglans geotrópica Diels||Arrayán, Marcia splendens|
|Nisparo, Meliosma sp||Pumamaquí, Oreopanax ecuadorensis|
|Fresno||Molle, Schinus mulle|
|Yaloman||Guatze, Freziera canescens|
|Guaba, Inga lallensis Spruce||Capulí, Prunas serotina|
Native Tree Species
We only plant native species as these are adapted to the local ecosystem, unlike non native pine or eucalyptus trees.
Native species are non-damaging and will actually help the ecosystem by stimulating biodiversity, helping the reintroduction of other species of flora and fauna. Whereas pine and eucalyptus trees damage local ecosystems with their excessive demands on the water table that lead to reduced plant diversity and possibly desertification.
These two photos demonstrate quite clearly the difference in biodiversity of a native forest compared with a non native eucalyptus plantation.
|* Native Andean Forest at approximately 2800m||* Eucalyptus Forest at approximately 2800m|