Dear Ted Dziadkiewicz,
On behalf of the AsociaciA?n Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN), I would like to thank you again for Contours Travela��s wonderful donation to QueuA�a Raymi. Because of your generosity we have planted an additional 300 native trees to help reforest the Andes!
Following up on our successful planting of 76,000 native QueuA�a trees in the Peruvian Andes last year, ECOAN and Amazonas Explorer set the ambitious goal of planting 100,000 trees this season through a collaborative effort between several local native villages in the Lares watershed near Cusco, Peru. The trees will help restore an endangered habitat in the high Andes of Peru.
On our first weekend of planting on December 3rd and 4th, 2016, hundreds of community members showed up, picks and shovels in hand, to help us plant 52,100 trees. We were also lucky enough to have help from staff of Amazonas Explorer and El Albergue, a number of donors, visitors from our U.S. partner organization the American Bird Conservancy, and even some local reporters to cover the event. In addition, we donated a total of 400 fuel-efficient clay stoves to community members, which will reduce their need for firewood and help to further conserve these precious forests. We are looking forward to the next planting days which will take place later this month and in January.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about our programs or about ECOAN in general. We look forward to updating you regarding plans for the 2017 planting. Thank you again for your generosity and support!