* Distance Agroforestry Training - Open for Everyone - Now Accepting Applicants!
* We're off to an Early Start in 2006
* Our Plan of Action and Budget for 2006 - copies available
* Call for New Project Requests
* Planting Trees in Iraq
* Finding Solutions for Oklahoma's Grassfires
* Trees for the Future's Role in Global Forests Trends
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Distance Agroforestry Training - Open for Everyone - Now Accepting Applicants!
Sign up has begun for our new Distance Agroforestry Training Program. With this program, we are able to reach any community in the world - from southern California to southern India and all in between. It is designed for community leaders, future and current Peace Corps Volunteers, extension agents, field technicians, missionaries, NGO and government workers, and anyone else interested in learning more about agroforestry and sustainable development. The lessons of this training program are facilitated through a training packet and e-learning methods. At the end of the program you will be required to pass an agroforestry exam before receiving a Certificate in Agroforestry. The cost is free. Admission is rolling. A full explanation and signup form are available at:
We're off to an Early Start in 2006
It's official! Trees for the Future helped plant just over 3.1 million trees in 2005. As we work toward our goal of helping over 11,000 families in 20+ countries to plant more than 3.3 million trees this year, we have already collected and distributed enough materials to India, Belize, Honduras, Haiti, and eight African countries to plant 175,000 seedlins. This month, Adam and Anne are leaving for Costa Rica, where they'll be based for the entire year, and Dave is leaving for a short trip to the Philippines. Trees for the Future's technicians and field reps spend much of their time during the first few months every year training new communities in seedling production and assisting in seed collection and distribution. We should have updates from Central America the Philippines projects available online by mid-February.
Our Plan of Action and Budget for 2006 - copies available
The Trees for the Future Plan of Action and Budget for 2006 is now available online at the link provided below. We plan to plant at least 3,350,000 trees in 2006 with a total operating budget of $317,000. Of course, we cannot do anything without your generous support, so thanks again for helping us to plant millions of desperately needed trees.
Call for New Project Requests
Unlike other organizations, Trees for the Future does not target specific regions where we want to plant trees; we respond to local requests for help. We don't pay or force any one to plant trees, and we don't go anywhere we are not asked. Our program, your program, has spread to remote communities around the world by word of mouth. The Internet is now helping to attract communities who find our web page. If you know of any community throughout the developing world that is interested in planting trees, tell them to email or write us so we can learn more about how we can help:
Planting Trees in Iraq
Trees for the Future has been asked to assist a program with the Ministry of Agriculture in Kurdistan, Iraq. The project intends to reforest degraded lands, create forested pockets throughout the country, and conserve and expand remnants of a massive forest that once stretched from Turkey to the ridges of the Himalayas. Trees for the Future's experience with reclamation of degraded lands will be helpful in their lowland activities, as well as conservation efforts in the cooler uplands. We are excited to support local technicians in Kurdistan, and we'll keep you updated.
Finding Solutions for Oklahoma's Grassfires
When one lives hand to mouth, the need for immediate income rules all actions. Bolivia's struggling High temperatures, low humidity, and high winds create the mix of conditions that are unnervingly perfect for a brushfire. In addition to the hot, dry conditions, the type of vegetation makes a major difference. Trees for the Future's projects face brushfires throughout the world. Without the convenience of a fire department, most communities must rely on rakes and shovels to slow the advance. Dry cogon grass in the Philippines, pine needles in Belize, and a variety of grasses in Africa, are all extremely flammable. Our solution is tree-firebreaks. They can planted in a variety of configurations with different species compositions, but the underlying principles remain the same: inside a wide hedge of trees there are much lower temperatures than the surrounding area, there is much more humidity, and the trees serve as a windbreak for up to ten times the height of the trees ! - ultimately stopping the advance of brushfires. Much of the interior of the United States is covered with prairie grass, similar to flatlands in Senegal or the mountainsides in the Philippines. We have found ways to contain fires; has anyone tried this here at home?
Trees for the Future's Role in Global Forests Trends
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has recently released a report entitled Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005. Among the key findings is that though the global forest cover continues to dwindle, the rate of deforestation has dropped and the rate of reforestation is increasing. While we lost an average of 8.9 million hectares every year throughout the 1990's, in the last five years the rate has lessened to 7.3 million hectares per annum (What is a hectare you might ask? It's about 2.5 acres). This significant drop in annual forest loss can be attributed to three things: the world-wide campaign to educate and train communities to sustainably harvest forest resources, the slow natural growth that forests exhibit when left alone, and the efforts of groups like Trees for the Future to train communities to reforest degraded lands. Tree planting accounts for almost 4% of the world's forests.
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