Agroforest 2010

Agroforest 2010

Thank you to Lynne Dorner for her generous donation towards Ciclo Sustainable’s Brazilian reforestation efforts.  Please see her note below for her dedication.  Happy Holidays to all!

2010 Gratitude Garden-

I am humbled and blessed this year to have practiced and studied acknowledgements and Gratitudes.  In honor of all those below and the countless others blessings we have received we plant, we learn, we grow Gratitude Garden!

1) Lexington Anthony Dorner Peterson
2) Lynne Dorner
3) Mary Anne and Theodore Dorner
4) Ted E, Karen, Grace, Sarah and Trey Dorner
5) Christine, Rich, Tori and Jessica Albanese
6) Carin, Deiter, Madison and Karl Schulz
7) Dana Mansell
8 ) Jennifer Rowse Eck and Family
9) Laura and Charles Ault
10) Karen Lacy, Lex’s Godmother
11) Mariel, Eric and Alexander Acquafredda
12) Jill Sommerstein (and Allan too!)
13) Amber & Lewis
14) Jessica Levin
15) Haley Hoffman
16) Yesenia Diaz
17) Tara Hogan
18) Elizabeth Hickey
19) Jennifer Furst
20) Ruth Hogan
21) Rachel Smith
22) Christine Lo Presti
23) Rachel Ruedy
24) Renae Stahl Jackson and Family
25) Jessica and Corey Manual
26) Susan Jacobson
27) Christine Singh
28) Nubia Salguero
29) The Lanham Family
30) YAI- Craig Selinger and Jenny Von Feldt
31) Anthony and Margaret Dorner
32) James and Anne Soens
33) Louis and Helen Conti
34) Fred and Edna Brinkman
35) Frank and Jen Becker
36) Reina Maran
37) Natalia Angulo
38) Oprah Winfrey
39) The Obama Family
40) TGS, Karen, Persia, Karen and Marnie
41) TGS, Bethany, Nahid, Robin, Erica, Rae, Jim, and Elizabeth
42) Uncle Bill and Aunt Louise Dorner
43) Bill, Solonge, Anthony and Sydney Dorner
44) Michele, Ron, Zach and Sierra Zygmunt
45) Lisa Dorner, Chip, Locke and Amalia Meyer
46) Steve and Cathy Goldie
47) The Bauman and Merkle Family
48) Dr John Lantis
49) Dr Katrina Bradley and Family
50) Jennifer Bates Wheeler and Family
51) Rigel Massaro
52) Nikita Shah
53) Cathy Jaque
54) Alice Stein
55) Nichole Gibson and Family
56) Sarah Kafka and Harriett Taub
57) Susie Marquis
58) Lauren Aguiar
59) Suzanne and Edward Rowse and Family
60) Roman and Family
61) Jill and Dave Gordon
62) James and Jan Soens and Family
63) Mrs Carolyn Mansell
64) Mr Howard Mansell and Family
65) Mr Richard I. Lacy and Family
66) Mrs Dottie Lacy
67) Pamela and Gerald Herman and Family
68) Robert and Christian Angelo
69) Carly Cochala
70) Tamara Ezer
71) Arianna Dedes
72) Dr Amachi
73) Olga Zgutowicz and Lucy Suarez
74) Jill Weingarden
75) Dave and Megan Przywara
76) The Village Church Family
77) Natalie Bush and growing Family
78) The MDA Foundation in honor of Jessica Albanese
79) The Clients of Lynne’s Electrolysis
80) Lindsey Castillo
81) Ben “benny-bens” Mc Omber and Michael Driscoll
82) Margot Nasti
83) Jaqueline Dixon
84) Lenore Muller
85) Karen Ouzouian
86) Kristen Duffy and Family
87) Patricia Donini, for making giving easier
88) Louie Ejourious and CHS
89) Koren Reyes
90) Christopher Hunte
91) Greg Westal- Adaptive Design
92) Joe Accelo- True Sunshine
93) Ron and Lori Greschner
94) Rochelle Grossman and Family
95) Lucy Jones Block and Family
96) Nancy Vitale and Family
97) Lauren Shaia
98) Lauren Johnert
99)Laura Beucher
100) Laura Boyd and Family
101) Michelle Perreira and Family
102) Dave Saad
103) Julia Bennet
104) Betti Iannucci
105) Erica Detota- Drive on for us!
106) Megan Schiff
107) Camile Holman- Gratitude doesn’t seem to be enough!
108) Liz Murray- Your example shines!
109) Antoinette Harris
110) Ciro and Christina
111) Tracy Dyson- A blessing to be cherished!
112) Leticia Ramirez
113) DSG
114) Lexington’s classmates!
115) In loving memory of Edward Moore Kennedy, “The Lion of the Senate”
116) Judith, Judy and Peggy- for the gifts of shifts!
117) Karen Hudson and Family- Support beyond comprehension!
118) Larissa Jaye- for holding it all for me!
119) Rhonda Britten and The Fearless Living Institute
120) To all the angels that brought the world blessings, love, support, kindness, smiles, laughter and taught me even the smallest lessons of Gratitude.

A Little About Agroforests

The area where we are planting in Brazil was cleared of forest many years ago for wood sale and to make way for cattle grazing. In the years since then the native plants are slowly making inroads into repopulating the disturbed land. Natural succession of the area will take it from grasslands to scrubby/weedy clusters of trees, to slower growing hardwoods, until a mature forest ecosystem is once again established. This process can take many decades or longer. When Ciclo Sustainable took over the land a few years ago we began planting trees to help speed the process along, essentially trying to skip over the middle sequence of succession and go straight back to mature forest. We’ve since learned of a technique to help the process proceed even faster, and to significantly increase the biodiversity and health of the forest, as well as ensure that a much higher percentage of the trees survive to maturity.

The approach is commonly referred to as “agroforestry,” and it essentially mimics the complete sequence of succession from grassland to forest (not just skipping ahead to the end), but much much faster. We plant the weedy trees, the shrubs, herbs, and the slower-growing longer-lived trees all at once. They help each other become established by sharing nutrients, shade, and self-mulching just as they would in the unaided succession process. The end product is a more resilient, healthier forest.

The need for reforestation in the Chapada region is even more pressing than usual this year!  Due to a devastating fire which occurred just weeks before the start of the 2010 rainy season, many acres of forest were lost in central Brazil, including much of the Chapada Dos Veadeiros Nation Park, which borders the land where Ciclo Sustainable is working.  Thank you for your part in aiding in the region’s recovery!