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February 25, 2020

1. Ridge after Ridge

Some very good news: the Tree Bank is scaling up successfully. It’s growing rapidly, and it’s definitely doing what it’s supposed to do, as we saw during a recent visit to our program area. This presentation shows what we found. I’ve included 10 pictures, each with an extended and somewhat digressive caption. There are a few videos as well. The presentation is meant to give you a close-up view of the Tree Bank’s work. It doesn’t assume much prior knowledge, so even if you’ve just heard of the program, most of what follows should still make sense.

Just a little preliminary context: the Tree Bank Hispaniola is an agroforestry program that works near a section of the Dominican Republic / Haiti border, on the Dominican side. The program is me...

September 18, 2017

A leaf from:

This Broken Land of Promise:

A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country

Maricilis Milagro Peña died of complications from cancer on the morning of September 7. Mari was the mother of Yinabel Pérez Peña, the Tree Bank’s Coordinator, and the wife of Gaspar Pérez Aquino, one of the Tree Bank’s founders and its first Dominican Director. Gaspar died of a stroke in 2014. (We published some remembrances of him in the November 2014 Acorn.) Mari was 58 years old.

Mari is survived by her two daughters, Yinabel and Marilesi, and her six grandchildren: Yinabel’s son and daughter, Marilesi’s son, and the three daughters of Ricardo, Mari’s late son and the late brother of Yinabel and Marilesi. Ricardo suffered from depression and committed sui...

August 28, 2017

A leaf from:

This Broken Land of Promise:

A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country

Matt and I paid a short visit to our Tree Bank program area, from August 8 to 12 — not to check on field sites, but just to sit in meetings. Of course, we always meet with people when we’re down there, but we’ve never done three days of that to the exclusion of everything else. I felt as if we were exporting a little Washington culture to the border country, but at least there were no PowerPoints.

We met with all the usual suspects. We talked for hours each day with Cosme and Manolo, the program’s Dominican Co-Directors. We visited with Franklin, our Nursery Assistant, and we had several long conversations with Yinabel, the Tree Bank’s Coordinator. We spent t...

August 3, 2017

A leaf from:

This Broken Land of Promise:

A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country

Just down the street from Yinabel’s house, towards the center of town, there lives a family that kept a big, green parrot. But before we get to the parrot, I should introduce Yinabel, the town, and her house.

Yinabel is Yinabel Pérez Peña. Yinabel’s father, Gaspar Pérez Aquino, was a co-founder of the Tree Bank and its first Director in the Dominican Republic. Gaspar died unexpectedly, of a stroke, in September 2014.

Yinabel is the Tree Bank’s Coordinator. She knows practically all of our farmers and other colleagues, and she is methodical and patient. She is 33 years old and married;  her husband, Dauri Yovanni Lagari Fragoso, is a sergeant in the Dominican a...

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