Our plan starts with reforestation at the top of the mountain in Parc La Visite, Seguin to rebuild the watershed with reforestation, rebuilding the soil microbes, building nurseries, building roads, building drainage, and planting trees to create sustainable economic development.
Areas from Kenscoff through Seguin to Marigot are our main focus. We work with selective local leaders and NGO stakeholders who share the same values as we do by committing to total transparency and verifiable accountability using GIS Satellite monitoring, showing progress in real time.
Our plan provides over 100,000 jobs and 1 million jobs over 10 years using leading-edge, well proven, sustainable green technologies. Haiti has a total population of 11 million people with an illiteracy rate of 39%. This percentage of the population does not have much opportunity for jobs and advancement. We can put this population to work. We are creating awareness to world organizations that we can fix Haiti once and for all, by focusing on the soil first. Haiti's deforestation has resulted in loss of most of its top soil.
Environmental factors in successful reforestation include things such as, but not limited to, controlling dust created from human activity and wind erosion on dirt roads and trails. The dust spreads out 1,500 feet from each side of the road or trail and impacts the trees ability to produce oxygen (O2) and absorb CO2. Learn more about the impacts of dust on the environment, please visit www.StopDustNow.org
Trees4Haiti is working in the only area where virgin pine forest remains, in the mountains of Seguin. Our project is to build out from the existing forest to make it easier for the land to recover. Reforestation in Haiti has never been successful on a large scale, due to the lack of focus on rebuilding the soil, at the microbial level, when planting trees. Reforestation projects must start at the highest elevation, and then work down to sea level, not the opposite.
There are around seventy migratory bird species calling Haiti home for the winter. One of the farthest journeys of 2700km, made by these birds is that of the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush that lives in the White Mountains of NH, Green Mountains of VT, and several other locations in the northeast. The Bicknell's Thrush population is getting smaller each year due to the lack of natural habitat left in Haiti to feed and become strong enough for the bird to survive the journey back to the U.S. northeast. Planting trees in Haiti helps preserve the biodiversity of NH and VT.
The main failure of reforestation projects in Haiti has been the lack of focus on rebuilding the soil along with reforestation. Microbes in the soil have been lost due to erosion of topsoil over many decades. It will take many decades to rebuild the topsoil, but it can be done with proper techniques and technologies. Using mycorrhiza to ensure sustainable growth of reintroducing microbes into the soil, and Agrasorb hydrogel as protection against drought, reducing water usage while at the same time improving growth.
Trees4Haiti is committed to provide total transparency and accountability in all our projects. We commit to limit administration costs to a maximum of 25% of the project value, committing a minimum of 75% to the project plan. We commit to our investors and stakeholders project progress reports, up to date in real time, using GIS satellite monitoring to show the advancement of projects at each stage.
Our unique road building system uses manual labor to create an equal to concrete, in strength, driving surface using existing materials found in and around the road site. The U.S. Military designed this system so that 1,000 men can create one kilometer every 1-3 days. The driving surface will be treated with a military grade 100% non-toxic, long lasting, dust control product that will reduce road grading and surface maintenance costs by 75%, when the road is finished. Please visit www.StopDustNow.org to learn more about the hazards of dust.
Our current nursery capacity is limited to 500,000 trees per year, from local seeds that are collected in the remaining natural forest in Seguin. So, to expand our nursery capability we will need to import seeds of the same species from the Dominican Republic. As well as collecting seeds from shrubs, flowers, and other plants.
Haiti is very mountainous with hundreds of watersheds impacting lower lying areas. Erosion and deforestation have created flood zones in areas lacking proper watershed protection. Natural forests absorb water from storms and runoff, preventing flash flooding and severe erosion. To rebuild the watershed, you must start at the highest elevation on top of the peak, and work your way down to sea level, to properly restore the watershed function.
Beginning at the headwaters, install “nick-points” to reestablish stream flow to normally erosive conditions. By providing numerous “nick-points” or pervious dams, that prevent down cutting of the streams, the energy gained from downhill flow is repeatedly dissipated and not allowed to build up to a point where it tears out its bottom and walls. Temporarily collected water can be plumbed into a re-rain system comparable to that employed to prevent washout of the foot trail.
Providing sustainable economic development means creating an emerging middle class through pay scale and wages that exceed a developing country’s minimum wage standard. Our reforestation and infrastructure projects will pay 10x the current daily labor rate in Haiti. We expect to create 100k jobs by the end of year one, and one million jobs by year ten.
USDA and USAID reforestation projects in Haiti require the top-down approach as the only sustainable planting method. This planting method protects the lower elevation projects as well as prevents flooding in low lying areas, ensuring the success of long-term agriculture projects in these low lying areas and plains. We are located on top of Parc La Visite, Seguin, Haiti, at the Auberge Inn, owned by our co-founding member,
P.O. Box 675 Plaistow, New Hampshire 03865 USA
2023 TREES4HAITI is a registered 501(c)(3) organization
Founders: Dennis M., Winthrop A., Joe S., Geno B., Matt M.
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