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REFORESTATION IN THE ANDES, RECOVERING BIRD HABITAT

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Wilson Diaz - Mayo 30, 2020 - 4:23 pm

Green Tours Peru is Reforesting in the Andes

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Reforestation in the Andes is a crucial conservation activity for both wildlife and humans. At Green Tours we are aware of the fact that many native Andean species are disappearing, approaching the threshold of extintion. Hence, a few months ago, we started a small forestation program to help with the recovering of the native Andean vegetation.

Reforesting in the Andes - Green Tours Peru - Planting a tree

The first stage of our reforestation program is being carried out in a small piece of land some 50 Km southwest of the city of Cajamarca, in northern Peru, in areas that have been degradated by many years or intensive agriculture.

Green Tours Peru - Loma de las Perdices

Our main goal is to restore the native vegetation in order to provide the widlife, specially birds, with a suitable habitat. To achieve this goal we are letting grow native herbaceous species, and planting native shrubs and trees.

Green Tours Peru - native vegetation

Reforestation in the Andes - Green Tours Peru - Planting

Among the wild flowering plants we have found this special “dwarf” Passiflora sp., with a fruit measuring less than 1.5 inches.

Wild Passiflora - Green Tours Peru

Wild Passiflora – Green Tours Peru

We are mainly planting different species of cacti, also trees like Caesalpinea spinosa (Taya), Tecoma sambucifolia (Ada), Acacia macracanta (Espino), Mimosa sp., and Schinus molle (Molle tree).

Molle and Mimosa trees - Green Tours Peru

Molle and Mimosa trees – Green Tours Peru

 

Tecoma sambucifolia, and Caesalpinea spinosa - Green Tours Peru

Tecoma sambucifolia, and Caesalpinea spinosa – Green Tours Peru

Also, a small part of the area is being planted with non native but productive, non-invasive species like avocado, lime, and dragon fruit. This will help to improve the economic incomes of the conservation area.

Lime and avocado trees - Green Tours Peru

Lime and avocado trees – Green Tours Peru

The funds for the reforestation program are 100% from Green Tours profits. Thus, every time you book a tour with us you are providing funds for the program, helping us to provide a save natural environment for birds.