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April 24, 2017

A leaf from:

This Broken Land of Promise:

A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country

Last December, Matt and I took six expert birders down to our Tree Bank program area, to begin gathering data on which bird species are using our various forests and forest-restoration sites. The birders were all members of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. The trip was organized by Lenny Bankester, VSO’s Vice President and a member of the Sangha. Lenny was one of the six visiting birders; the other five were Bob Ake, Bill Akers, Jerry Via, Dave Youker, and Bill Williams.

This trip was an important step for our program. Birds are, by far, Hispaniola’s most common, most diverse, and most conspicuous class of native animal wildlife, and we need to know which...

April 3, 2017

A leaf from:

This Broken Land of Promise:

A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country

The Tree Bank is about to acquire more land. Cosme and Manolo, the program’s Co-Directors, have given me preliminary information on new program sites. If their estimates hold up, the following three initiatives will benefit.

1. Our Bosques Rentables (“Profitable Forests”) project, begun in pilot form last year, will add about six acres on four farms, bringing total land area enrolled in this initiative to about 10 acres on nine farms.

Bosques Rentables is intended to restore native forest canopy on low-value, deforested farmland. Enrolled areas are planted with native tree seedlings grown at the Tree Bank nurseries. Once those trees begin to cast some shade —...

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