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An oak seedling gift of the California Natural Plant Society. Photo: Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat
My (Miro’s) hometown of Sonoma, CA is known for its majestic oak trees as much as it is known for its vineyards yet sadly many of the beautiful oaks burned in the 2017 wildfires, leaving behind sad graveyards where they once stood. Recently a Sonoma County nonprofit, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, has been distributing hundreds of oak tree sprouts to area landowners to help replace some of the lost trees and symbolically plant hope for the future. As the Press Democrat reported, thousands of acorns were collected by Sonoma County naturalists and volunteers, while thousands more were mailed to the Sacramento headquarters of the California Native Plant Society. The acorns were treated to kill disease, entered into a database to track their species and origin and brought to nurseries, where they’ve since sprouted into seedlings that are ready to be planted this winter.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Earlier this year, Ecuador’s new President Guillermo Lasso issued decrees to expand oil and mining projects in the Amazon. Indigenous communities from the country’s rainforest are now suing the government in an effort to stop these projects, calling them a “policy of death,” according to reporting by Reuters. Community […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The giant sequoia trees in California’s Sequoia National Park are over 1,000 years old and could live another 2,000 years, but climate change-fueled fires are killing them. The trees can usually withstand the flames, but the intensity of recent fires has been overpowering. Last year’s Castle Fire killed up […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As wildfires and deforestation grip the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous communities are urging world governments to pledge to protect 80% of the forest by 2025. The groups launched their campaign at a biodiversity conference in France, where experts from around the world are laying the groundwork for the UN’s delayed […]
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