Agroforestry 2011

Agroforestry 2011

Thank you to Lynne Dorner for her 2011 donation towards Ciclo Sustainable’s Brazilian reforestation efforts.  Please see her note below for her dedication.  Happy Holidays and stay warm!  Check back this spring to see photo updates of previous years’ agroforestry and tree-planting projects!

From Lynne Dorner:

This year, we are honored to plant Pioneering Pastures on behalf of the focus, hard work and follow through that was practiced this year!  So many of us and our families have pushed through some big challenges and reached some impressive goals.  Below is a list of names that have inspired us, stood with us, supported us or loved us through this year!

1)     Lexington Anthony Dorner Peterson
2)     Lynne Dorner
3)     Mary Anne and Theodore Dorner
4)     Ted, Karen, Grace, Sarah and Trey Dorner
5)     Christine, Rich Tori and Jessica Albanese
6)     Carin Dieter, Madison and Karl Schulz
7)     Dana Mansell- proof is in the edit
8)     Jennifer Rowse Eck and Family
9)     Laura and Charles Ault
10)  Karen Lacy, Lex’s Godmother
11)  Anthony (100th) and Margaret Dorner
12)  James and Anne Soens, We miss you!
13)  Uncle Bill and Aunt Louise Dorner
14)  Michele, Ron, Zach and Sierra Zygmunt
15)  Lisa Dorner, Chip, Locke and Amalia Meyer
16)  Steve and Cathy Goldie
17)  The Bauman and Merkle Family
18)  James and Jan Soens and Family
19)  Louis and Helen Conti
20)  Fred and Edna Brinkman
21)  Frank and Jen Becker
22)  Tangie Davis- Family Redefined
23)  The “sweetest” Pema Tsomo
24)  Robert and Christian Angelo
25)  Rachel Ruedy- always the pioneer
26)  Renae Stahl Jackson and Family
27)  Jessica, Corey and welcome baby James Henry Manual
28)  Tara and Ruth Hogan
29)  Haley Hoffman
31)  Jill and Allan Zucker- Mazel Tov!
32)  Mariel, Eric and Alexander Acquafredda
33)  Elizabeth Hickey
34)  Yesenia Diaz
35)  Lauren Johnert- Your laughter in tough times inspires me!
36)  Jenna Marie- Your kindness is bright
37)  Katherine Parent- An Inspirational Pioneer!
38)  The Lanham Family
39)  Susan Jacobson
40)  The Friends and Parents Community!!!
41)  TGS- AMY Richard, Marnie, Grace, Tracy, Jessie and Steph
42)  TGS, Cynthia, Jessica, Christy, Danna and Melissa
43)  TGS- Rae and Donna
44)  Elizabeth Riley, Thank You! “Music is the sound of Feelings”
45)  Patricia Donini, for making giving easier
46)  Jeane, John and JD Distrurco- when it matters…
47)  Eleni, George, Jason and Mary Metaxa- Passion and Support Greek Style
48)  The Russo Visceglia Family- Labeled with Love
49)  Jennifer Stein and Family- My Co- Chair always there!
50)  Janel Mixon and Family
51)  Jennifer Bates Wheeler and Family
52)  Leticia Ramirez
53)  Rigel Massaro
54)  Rachel Smith
55)  Christine Lo Pesti
56)  Cathy Jaque
57)  Nicole Gibson and Family
58)  Arianna Dedes
59)  Tracy Dyson
60)  Olga Zgutowicz and Lucy Suarez
61)  Dawn Chau and Family- Great designer of life!
62)  Erika Dekota
63)  Betti Iannucci
64)  Ben Mc Omber and Michael Driscoll
65)  Laura Boyd
66)  Karen Ouzouian
67)  Kristen Duffy
68)  Lauren Aguiar (Reece and Mason too!)
69)  Bonnie- Welcome to 2012!
70)  Brittany- Signs, Signs
71)  Amanda Ferenc
72)  Michele Perreira
73)  Hala Qanadilo
74)  Jessica Levin
75)  Nicole Serra
76)  Zahira
77)  Dorimar- Pictures of Hope
78)  Megan Schiff
79)  Stacy, Cecilia, Hira, and Anita
80)  The Village Church Family
81)  Mrs Carolyn Mansell
82)  Mr Howard Mansell and Family
83)  Mr Richard I. Lacy and Family
84)  Mrs Dottie Lacy
85)  Suzanne and Edward Rowse and Family
86)  Pamela and Gerald Herman and Family
87)  Sydney, Nathan and Sophie Astrof Family
88)  Roman and Family
89)  Oprah Winfrey
90)  The Obama Family
91)  Ron and Lori Greschner and Family
92)  Lucy Jones Block and Family
93)  Karen and Holden Thompson
94)  Koren Reyes
95)  Christopher and Sandra Hunte
96)  Lauren Kotis- For seeing visions through
97)  Karen Hudson and Family
98)  Larissa Jaye
99)  Rhonda Britten- for living and breathing change
100) In honor of God and all his angels and strangers that brought the world blessings of love, support, kindness and taught us even the smallest lessons of Hope, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Living in the Moment.

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 several 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.

Thank you for your part in aiding in the region’s recovery!