Category Archives: Seychelles

Volunteers Rehabilitate Island Forests

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(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Recently, I posted a story about volunteers planting trees in northern California, in an effort to protect and improve the forest and its ecosystems. In that post, I mentioned that this type of work happens all over the world, in vastly different places. Today, a story from an island nation off the coast of Africa demonstrates that point. The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago made up of 115 islands, lying approximately 1,000 miles east of southeast Africa, in the western Indian Ocean. On one of the islands, an organization is working hard to rehabilitate and replenish the lush forests which have become largely barren, due in part to invasive species. The Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles, a non-governmental organization which works with a number of volunteers, is working to plant new trees, including native species, on Praslin, the second-largest island. This work, along with the organization’s other projects, will go a long way toward rebuilding, protecting and preserving the environment of this tropical island and its forests.

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