It’s now the rainy season here in Guatemala, and if you’re a true EcoLogian, you know what the rainy season really means: Reforestation Season!
I’m writing to you from my apartment after a day of reforesting in Totonicapan, Guatemala. I’ll tell you one thing: after spending a week with our field technicians in Honduras and hearing all their stories about planting trees and building fuel efficient stoves, it was really rewarding to get my hands dirty and to — at least for a few hours — experience the life of a “tecnico.” If you remember from a previous post, EcoLogic manages 5 greenhouses (soon to be 8) in Totonicapan in the central highlands of Guatemala, where we work in partnership with the 48 Cantones to reforest watershed areas to help protect drinking water sources. The last time I blogged about this project, I had just visited the greenhouses and they were full of saplings. Well, this time around, hundreds of trees were gone! They’re now planted in the forest, where they belong.
It was an awesome event. After a couple of hours in the forest, the students, teachers, Don Augustin (our greenhouse manager), Fernando, and I were able to plant about 1,500 saplings. There’s another youth reforestation event tomorrow, as well, and Fernando is guiding that one, too. Oh yeah, and Fernando saved the GPS coordinates of the first tree that I planted so I can always know its exact latitude and longitude and come back and visit it, which I hope to do annually for the rest of my life! I named it Chris. You’re surprised, right?
Okay, that’s all I can manage for now. This is actually my last week working from the office in Xela. Next week I’ll be visiting our project in Sarstun and after that I’ll be in Honduras for our all staff retreat.
Hasta la proxima!
– Chris Patterson, Program Officer for EcoLogic