One bike, One World and One tree

Through the sale of the 2020 and 2021 calendars, you have planted 30,000 trees, 1 tree for every calendar sold with the help of onetreeplanted.  Your donations partly funded a huge project to reforest the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, Biosphere Reserve.

Where are the Trees Planted?

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve is one of the Natural Protected Areas in Mexico with the greatest biological diversity. Its forests are as diverse as its climates and cover a large range in altitudes. Deforestation is a growing problem as is the loss and degradation of ecosystems, often due to agriculture and fish farming overtaking forest lands.

Civic participation is a fundamental pillar of One Tree Planted’s work and communities they work in receive environmental education about the process of reforestation, the importance of forest ecosystems, management of community and school-based tree planting and tree care, and about the environmental services that trees provide water permeation, biodiversity habitat and carbon drawdown.

Thanks to the support of One Tree Planted, 35,000 trees were planted. 30,000 of which came from 1bike1world donations. The planting of these trees began in August right through to November of 2020. This planting effort took place within 49 communities across 3 Municipalities from the Biosphere Reserve.

The 35,000 trees for The Canopy Project included reforestations in 49 communities in three municipalities within the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in the state of Querétaro. The trees were planted on community-managed lands and private properties in temperate zones.

The below map shows the level of deforestation, the stronger/deeper the colour the higher level of deforestation.

Planting the Saplings

The tree species were first acquired as saplings in state-run nurseries, in particular a tree nursery operated by the Secretariat of Agricultural Development in the community of Agua Zarca in Landa de Matamoro. All trees planted are species appropriate for temperate zones including Pine (Pinus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.) and cypress (Cupressus spp.)

Reforestations were carried out with residents of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. The social context varies including working with the rural public schools to plant on the school grounds and planting on private lands of local landowners. In the case of the private lands, one tree planted, certify that the properties are titled under the name of the landowner with the appropriate authorities.

In the case of the public and communally owned land, the tree saplings are given to local authorities (delegates), who help with distribution of the trees and the processes of reforestation.

The delivery of the plants was done in accordance with the official provisions for the current COVID-19 pandemic.

To measure and ensure optimal survival rates of trees, in the two final months of reforestation one tree planted double checked previous plantings to see if any trees needed to be replaced. In the follow-up visits in 2021 with the municipal authorities, school administrators, and private landowners, one tree planted request feedback and make site visits of their plots. At this time, they also start to promote the next reforestation season, gather signs-up and begin the process of getting ready for the 2021 rainy season.

Every beneficiary of the tree plantings is advised on how to care for the seedlings. Follow up visits serve to review the necessary care of each reforestation, depending on exact local conditions and needs, including removal of invading grasses and weeds at the foot of trees, and providing water to the trees where necessary. Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda staff provides free advice and training to properly prune and clear the area around the trees as the adult and juvenile trees require.

Why Plant Trees in Mexico?

This project focuses on both farmland conversion and forest restoration to improve biodiversity habitats in an essential migration corridor for numerous species. Mexico serves as resting place for the migration of Monarch butterflies, one of nature’s most important pollinators by planting trees we will

This project focuses on both farmland conversion and forest restoration to improve biodiversity habitats in an essential migration corridor for numerous species. Mexico serves as resting place for the migration of Monarch butterflies, one of nature’s most important pollinators by planting trees we will protect these critical biodiversity habitats.

Through the planting of native species with the cooperation of local landowners and indigenous communities we can reduce soil erosion and prevents landslides to make sure that Senguio and Ocampo’s natural beauty is maintained and restored for future generations of people and wildlife.

Through the planting of native species with the cooperation of local landowners and indigenous communities we can reduce soil erosion and prevents landslides to make sure that Senguio and Ocampo’s natural beauty is maintained and restored for future generations of people and wildlife.

What does this mean for the community?

Communities and landowners will be taught sustainable forestry practices such as proper planting techniques, sustainable harvesting, the importance of recycling and waste management, and land and plant protection. This will create jobs and opportunities for those most impacted by the project and one tree planted’s work.

To be part of next years planting  in the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, Biosphere Reserve donate one dollar to plant one tree here and read more about the reserve visit its dedicated webpage here

Our information and pictures have been provided by One Tree Planted