The Tree Planting Challenge
The Tree Planting Challenge is the perfect opportunity to show your commitment to the environment, build relationships and have fun. Planting trees benefits local environments tremendously by providing habitat for native and endangered birds and wildlife, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (helping to combat climate change!) and preventing soil erosion.
“Our most exciting project for 2011 will be planting some 2,000 yellowwood trees in the Amatola mountain area of the Eastern Cape in collaboration with Africa Geographic, Wilderness Safaris, the Wild Bird Trust, the Cape Parrot Project, BirdLife South Africa, Rance Timber and local communities,” Espley says.
There is an urgent need to rehabilitate our last-remaining intact Afromontane forest patches in order to save the fewer than 1000 critically endangered Cape Parrots remaining in the wild. Aptly named iziKhenene (meaning Cape Parrot in Zulu/Xhosa), this tree planting project will focus mainly on South Africa’s national tree, the Real Yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius.