Reforest The Tropics

An applied research program demonstrating climate change mitigation through sustainable farm forestry

Shade loving Trees Under the Canopy

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We are very interested in species of trees that can fill in under our forests as we harvest/thin the larger trees. This is our approach to developing the RTT forest model that can achieve our goals of long-term income for the farmer, and carbon storage.  Here are examples from under-plantings of Gavilan in a 2010 forest. They are straight so far.

Gavilan as a species of trees that can fill in under our forests as we harvest/thin the larger trees
Gavilan as a species of trees that can fill in under our forests as we harvest/thin the larger trees forest is 2 1/2 years old.
Gradually, the Klinkiis under the Deglupta will expand upwards and to the sides. We
want a forest in which no sunlight reaches the forest floor, all of the solar energy captured
by the trees. These are still very young trees, doing very well.

Because we know the growth characteristics of these tree species, we can design forests that may better meet the stakeholders needs, namely, the sequestation needs of US emitters who sponsor forests, income for farmers on whose pastures we plant the forests, and the others such as wildlife and the rest of the biome..

 Deglupta, Klinkii and Cedar growing well together, so far.  The trees are 2 years and 1 month old
Deglupta, Klinkii and Cedar growing well together, so far. The trees are 2 years and 1 month old

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