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Sebastian at Makuyuni
Sebastian Chuwa at mpingo orchard in Makuyuni. Planting here began in 2008, when villagers cleared the first acreage of village land in order to participate in the planting project.

(Makuyuni Planting Project, continued from pg. 1)
another 45 acres to the project and in addition a number of private landowners have also requested mpingo for planting on their own holdings. One of the difficulties of the project since its beginning has been the work involved in clearing the land.

In this part of Africa there grows a bush called Acacia mellifera, a thorny species that poses problems in cutting and handling. It is popularly known as ‘wait-a- bit’ because its numerous claw-shaped thorns tend to hook onto passers-by, thus causing them to stop (wait a bit) to remove the prickle carefully in order to avoid injury or shred clothing.

Because of this problem Sebastian is experimenting with a new way of planting. He says, “I have experimented last year with a new method called random planting in that area focused at attempting to reduce the quantity of land that must be cleared before planting. I only clear circles where we plant the trees in a circular formation with a 10 meter radius allowing us to save space instead of the old  system of doing long strict lines. This removes the need to clear the whole area. It is proposed that we can plant over 25,000 trees.”

The people of Makuyuni say this is the first large-scale project that has come to their village and are proud of the work they are doing. The ABCP is grateful for the contributions of private donors and the Good Gifts Catalogue  in making this project an important part of our conservation of Dalbergia melanoxylon.

Mr. Mariki at Makuyuni Mr. Gladstone Mariki is supervisor at the Makuyuni Plot. He is also planting mpingo on his private land holdings.
Elizabeth at Makuyuni
Elizabeth Chuwa helps to deliver mpingo to Mr. Maole, a villager who is planting mpingo on his private land in Makuyuni.

Tending Trees at MakuyuniMusa Saidi (lt) and Edmund Zakayo (rt) are tending young mpingo trees at Makuyuni Plot. Aftercare is an important aspect of ABCP work, to insure long term survival after the early vulnerable years.

Michelle von Haugg

Michelle von Haugg

Clarinets for Conservation Teams
with ABCP in Planting Trees

As a child Michelle Von Haugg dreamed of Africa, hoping someday to follow the path of  British primatologist Jane Goodall, in working to protect the fragile wilderness of that far-away continent. In high school she found a second love—classical music and the clarinet. Concentrating her college studies on music, she has since taught private students, performed publicly and traveled with the US Air Force Band. Through     the clarinet, she also learned of the work of Sebastian Chuwa in replanting the mpingo tree from which it is made.

In 2009, the various strands of her life and interests seemed to coalesce and




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