Nursery Materials 2016
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Check out this time-lapsed video of the construction materials being brought in for the new nurseries. Each photo was taken every 60 seconds over the course of about an hour and a half. This video shows all the hard work we are doing out in Madagascar to improve the reforestation efforts. Special thanks to SOS – Save Our Species for funding these materials. ENJOY!

Nursery Updates from Madagascar
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Our innovative community-based reforestation project in Kianjavato, Madagascar has an objective to protect and expand the local forests while raising the standard of living for thousands of people. We have been able to make major progress on expanding our system of tree nurseries. The latest advancements are due to the hard work of our partners and staff, along with support from IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species initiative and its partner, Fondation Segré’s Funding for … Read More

One year with MBP…
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Sam   It’s crazy to think that I arrived 1 year ago at the beginning of September to start my volunteership with MBP. I was a volunteer for the reforestation project and was just learning the ropes. I originally applied to help on the Simus team (Greater bamboo lemur), but was glad that I changed this decision to gain different skills through reforestation. Before I applied to MBP, I worked in … Read More

Working to Reach Reforestation Goals
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Sam The reforestation project at the field site in Kianjavato has grown into its 5th year now with ever increasing goals to achieve. Last year we managed to double the number of trees planted from 2013 and now in 2015, we will more than double the numbers from 2014. Also, 2 weeks previous, we reached a personal goal of planting over 7,000 trees in a single week. This progression throughout the … Read More

A Week in the Life of the Reforestation Team…
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Hilary One of our new reforestation volunteers, Hilary, has sent us a blog about the process and preparation it takes to get trees planted back into the forests of Madagascar! It takes a lot of care and back breaking work to get this big job done. We are so happy to have all of the dedicated volunteers and local communities helping. You can help too… go to greenvolved.com to read more … Read More

MBP’s Tree Nurseries
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For MBP to reach its lofty goal of planting a million trees in the Kianjavato landscape, we’ve been ramping up our activities in a number of important ways. MBP and the Kianjavato community designated numerous sites for the tree satellite nurseries. MBP also hired local residents to assist with the project, such as participating the lemur monitoring program and also collect seed-ladened lemur fecal samples. Not only do these samples provide the source material for … Read More

2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day
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Representatives from MBP-OHDZA attended the recent 2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by Oak Prairie Nursery and Estates, just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. The event brought together people with a knack for growing plants, including botanists and arborists, as well as nursery and landscape professionals. Papio Valley Nursery Inc was gracious in sponsoring the MBP-OHDZA to enable us share stories and ideas about our reforestation program in Madagascar. Key attractions at the MBP-OHDZA booth … Read More

Tough Stuff Celebration
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Special thanks to the Goggio Family Foundation and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for helping the MBP distribute Tough Stuff solar-powered equipment to area residents that have participa

The Ultimate Rain Experience
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Blog by MBP Reforestation Volunteer, Jarro   Should you ever be tired of the usual dull drizzles we call rain back home – that is to say on European soil for my part – do consider taking a look at the singular pretty large landmass off the south-east coast of Africa. Separated from the mainland through the Mozambique Channel, Madagascar’s central highlands take their job as a cloud-barrier seriously leaving the western parts of the … Read More

Building a Well for a Nursery
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  In order to be sustainable, MBP digs a well for every nursery built, near each community to provide water during the dry season. The building of these wells are all hand dug. There is no electrical power or cranes used, only man power! Here you see the men putting in concrete cylinders for the sides of the well, so that it does not collapse.    

Reforestation Efforts in Kianjavato, Madagascar
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Over the last 50 years, the rainforests of Kianjavato in southeastern Madagascar have been carved away to expand agricultural land and provide firewood and lumber to communitymembers, leaving behind pockets of fragmented forests. These unprotected forests are inhabited by amphibians, lemurs, chameleons, insects, carnivores and flora unlike anywhere else. Two critically endangered lemurs, the greater bamboo lemur and the black and white ruffed lemur, also reside in these forests of Kianjavato. To protect this amazing … Read More

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