Project Factsheets

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Australia: Bush Regeneration at Lane Cove National Park
The Friends of Lane Cove National Park is a community group formally established in 1993 to organize and recruit volunteers to conduct maintenance activities in the Park. Before the Friends could even begin work, however, a bushfire burnt the majority of the Park in January 1994, and the Friends group instead turned its attention to an ambitious regeneration program designed to capitalize on the groundswell of public concern about the Park’s future. 

California: Audobon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Restoration experiments have been ongoing at the Starr Ranch Sanctuary, along with the management of non-native species. These activities are directed by Sandy DeSimone, with the assistance of several interns. Staff members of the Starr Ranch Sanctuary have designed and led the ongoing restoration but have been assisted by volunteers and student interns.

Cuba: Restoring the Isleta Sur Dump
When Irania Martinez first proposed turning the 7-hectare Isleta dump into an urban forest and community tree nursery, everyone thought she was crazy. Using money from her own salary and the help of a few volunteers, she slowly began cleaning up the site and organizing the community of 500 to take up the cause around her. Today, more than 3,000 trees from locally-run nurseries have been planted on 3 hectares, and local residents are employed to process and recycle over 150 tons of solid waste per month.

Ecuador: Tropical Forest Restoration at Jardín Botánico las Orquídeas
Begun in 1980 by a dedicated local landowner, a small area of abandoned pastureland at the headwaters of the Amazon River has been successfully restored to a healthy tropical forest. Restoration involved significant manual labor to recuperate badly depleted soils, and all rehabilitation was done by hand with organic materials. Today, after almost 30 years, the small reserve is home to hundreds of orchids and spiders, as well as toucans, sloths, anteaters, and monkeys.

Illinois: Cranberry Lake
Restoration efforts at Cranberry Lake will be ongoing until 2013, during which time invasive species will be continually monitored and removed, and native seed will be broadcast in hopes of fully establishing a native plant community. Local residents researched options for restoring the lake and then assembled a bid package that was used to guide contract negotiations with restoration companies.

India: The Andhra Pradesh Forestry Project
Under this joint forest management approach, important forest resources are restored and managed jointly between the Forestry Department and grassroots village organizations called Vana Samrakshna Samithi (VSS). At present there are more than 5,000 VSS across Andhra Pradesh helping to rejuvenate more than 1.2 million hectares of degraded forests in the state.

Mexico: Mixteca Alta
The project is working to plant hundreds of thousands of trees on denuded hillsides of the Mix­teca Alta and is encouraging local farmers to expand the use of traditional indigenous agricul­tural techniques—such as the excavation of runoff ditches called “trincheras” that slow erosion and improve groundwater absorption. A community-run nursery has been established in the vil­lage of San Isidro Jaltepetongo to produce native pine saplings for the reforestation effort. Each July and August, a group of 100+ townspeople carry saplings overland to plantation sites.

New Zealand: The Kaipatiki Project
In 1995, local resident Jenny Christianson began cleaning up the rubbish dumped in the Witheford Scenic Reserve and along Kaipatiki Creek and planting trees. Other residents soon became in­volved, and in 1998 the Kaipatiki Project was established as a not-for-profit community organisation providing nature restoration services and environmental education on the North Shore, Aukland.

Russia: Revive Our Forest
Begun in 2002 by Greenpeace Russia, this project helps establish native tree nurseries in local schools across four regions of central and southern Russia, and teaches children to plant the native trees in deforested areas surrounding the schools. More than 96 schools now participate in the program, and Greenpeace Russia eventually hopes to help each school produce 1500 tree seedlings per year in order for children to plant 70 hectares of new forest annually.

Senegal: The Ker Cupaam Community Space
In 1987, 116 women from the village of Popenguine 45 km south of Senegal’s capital Dakar spontaneously decided that they wanted to re­store their degraded environment. They established the Popenguine Women’s Group for the Protection of Nature (RFPPN), and over the next 10 years, they planted thousands of native trees grown in community nurseries in the adjacent natural reserve.

UK: Royal Forest of Wychwood
The Wychwood Project combines many smaller focus areas to improve the overall ecological integrity of West Oxfordshire. Ten community woodlands have been established to encourage stewardship and community-based resource management. Dry stone walls have been con­structed in many places to contain livestock and prevent erosion. A project team dedicated to hedgerow restoration carries out a number of projects throughout the region. Nesting boxes for barn owls have been installed to ensure their breeding success. Surveys and monitoring of sensitive landscape features such as ponds and ancient trees are conducted to facilitate conservation.

Washington: Yesler Creek Headwaters Reforestation Project
Designed and managed by students from the University of Washington, the Yesler Creek Headwaters Reforestation Project aims to remove invasive species and promote the establishment of a multi-layered native lowland Puget Sound riparian plant and wildlife community on a seven-acre Park property in northeast Seattle, Washington. By organizing regular volunteer events with local citizens and corporations, project managers are working to create a sense of community ownership at the site and to foster greater park stewardship in order to ensure the ongoing success of past, current and future restoration efforts.

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