20,000 Mpingo Trees
In 2004, the ABCP reached the goal of planting of 20,000 mpingo trees, the number of trees estimated to be harvested in Tanzania every year. This hope for the future was originally stated by Sebastian Chuwa, when he was interviewed for the BBC Nature documentary, The Tree of Music.
Also in 2004, Sebastians community groups celebrated the planting of one million trees in their efforts to reforest Mt. Kilimanjaro and its surrounding lowlands. The ABCP has been a vital part of this effort by providing nursery facilities and financial support to groups helping with the work.
The work of the ABCP has been accomplished largely through the cooperation of thousands of local volunteers from the schools of the area and community groups working for the environment, supported by fundraising efforts in the US, through this newsletter and direct foundation grants and awards.
In the next phase of our work, our intention is to expand geographically and establish youth conservation groups and school and community nurseries in areas beyond where we currently work. We have already started this outreach at Terat, in Simanjiro District, west of Mt. Kilimanjaro, establishing our programs in a Masai community there. Our next step will be to implement similar new projects east of Kilimanjaro at Same and Njiapanda Himo. In each community we will open two school nurseries and one large community nursery. Sebastian already has commitments from officials and educators in these areas who are eager to cooperate in this effort to improve the environment and lifestyle in their communities.
We are asking our readers to assist in this effort by giving as generously as you can. Mpingo conservation will be an important part of this effort, as climatic conditions in these areas are perfect for growing mpingo.
The Cottonwood Foundation, which has been responsible for building much of our infrastructure at the Moshi Mpingo Plot, has this year granted the ABCP funding to establish a new nursery on the grounds. In past years they have provided funding for the building on the Moshi Plot, and a water tank and pumping system to provide water to the plot.
In our existing nursery we can grow 50-75,000 seedlings. The new nursery will be of the same size, so that our total capacity for seedling production will increase to 100-150,000 plants. The objective of this new nursery is to provide new seedlings for replanting and work for the many volunteers who are visiting for extended periods of time. The Cottonwood building at the plot has, of itself, expanded our work there, as now nursery attendants and volunteers have accommodations to facilitate stays of a longer duration.
The new nursery plants will be distributed to private citizens and school groups and used extensively in reforestation efforts.
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you
by your parents.
It was loaned to you
by your children.
- Kenyan proverb
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