At the start of 2019, the Cape Parrot Project planted a whopping 2311 indigenous forest trees to secure habitat for the endangered Cape Parrot.
Yellowwoods, Stinkwoods, Wild Olives and Red Currants...all of these trees will form the foundation of green lungs to come as we work to safeguarding the future of these precious Mistbelt Forests.
The Cape Parrot Team coordinated two concentrated planting efforts in the high of the rainy season.
The first planting effort took place in a beautiful rehabilitated patch of forest near Hogsback. This patch is high on the ridge overlooking an incredible belt of indigenous forest, the Aukland State Forest. Previously infested with exotic, invasive vegetation, this site is now being transformed back into what it should be: an indigenous lifeline above the forest connecting Aukland State to the source rivers above it.
Next, the team moved to the valley below, and tackled an area on the fringe of Aukland State forest. People adjacent to the forest in the village of Sompondo explained to us how the forest in recent years has retreated higher, and how when they were young, the forest used to be a lot closer to the village.
The community was keen to plant there to help us to protect their beloved forest. They were especially keen to use their own trees, grown in the community nursery that the CPP had built for them.
And so in early February, a community planting day was planned. Over 70 people from the community and members of the CPP team gathered to plant the trees, and it was a massive effort by all.
Our work continues next in the forests within the Wolf River Valley. We'll be spending our winter months working there to tip the scale back in favor of the indigenous trees on the forest edges in this protected Amathole Key Biodiversity Area.
Kate Carstens, April 2019