WE PLANT AND PROTECT FOREVER

1. WE HELP THE NATURE

Nature itself has the ability to regenerate in the most optimal way. Our purpose is to initiate forest-forming processes and guarantee their durability. We care about the formal status of the land on which we plant forests to be sure that the future of the biosphere in a given area is legally secured. Our forests are to serve nature, not the economy. As humans, we are an integral part of nature. We support the creation of forest ecosystems, having in mind future generations.

2. STRENGHT OF BIODIVERSITY

Over the decades of economic exploitation, our forests have largely become pine monocultures with a very poor undergrowth. We plant various indigenous species of trees (the vast majority being deciduous trees), shrubs and undergrowth plants to make our forests biodiverse and therefore more resistant to environmental factors. This way, we increase the biodiversity of the land we are planting on and, over time, of its surrounding areas.

3. DROUGHT TOLERANCE

We understand that in Poland forests need to be drought tolerant. This why we choose deciduous species that can handle dry periods well. Where possible, we protect areas that allow natural retention processes. Beavers are our friends.

4. CO2 STORAGE

We are on the verge of a climate catastrophe. Each year, global warming will become an increasing challenge for us. Forests are an excellent tool for limiting climate change. The way we allow them to form, maximizes the absorption of CO2 over the long term.

5. A FOREST MEANS MORE THAN JUST TREES

The forest ecosystem needs various species of shrubs, undergrowth plants and fungi. We plant bird-friendly fruit trees and shrubs. As soon as they start giving some shade, we come back to transplant forest soil monoliths containing fungi and plants that naturally spread very slowly. Whenever possible, we stack the branches in high piles. It creates a safe space for birds to stop, spread seeds in a natural way and thus strengthen our forest.

6. QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

We plant up to 2 000 seedlings per hectare (5 times less than the State Forests). Such a slow process allows trees to fully develop their crowns and build up the root system. We locate seedlings in scattered nests and leave a large part of the area uninterrupted, so that the trees can develop in a diversified way, also in terms of age. We protect some trees so that their apical shoots do not become food for deer.

7. ECOLOGY

We plant ecologically and we do not use biocides. Nature itself selects the most suitable species and seedlings capable of further development. A natural substrate is needed for optimal natural selection and will contribute to the development of a healthy forest ecosystem in the long term.

8. PROTOTYPING OPTIMAL SOLUTIONS

We know we are not the wisest. We test various solutions and look which of them are best for nature. Sometimes we fence the entire forest area. Other times, we fence a part of it or just individual seedlings. In some cases, we test the way natural fencing in the form of thorny bushes affects the development of the forest.

9. PLANTING COMMUNITY

We plant forests together with volunteers. We believe our activity is not only about planting forests, but also about building a community that cares about them. Planting is a form of social activity, thanks to which we facilitate people’s contact with nature and restore the respect for it.

10. WE STAY IN TOUCH

We do not leave our forests alone. We monitor their development and document it. We are keen to collaborate with research centers and authorities that can benefit from our knowledge and help us support nature.

WE PLANT AND PROTECT FOREVER

1. WE HELP THE NATURE

Nature itself has the ability to regenerate in the most optimal way. Our purpose is to initiate forest-forming processes and guarantee their durability. We care about the formal status of the land on which we plant forests to be sure that the future of the biosphere in a given area is legally secured. Our forests are to serve nature, not the economy. As humans, we are an integral part of nature. We support the creation of forest ecosystems, having in mind future generations.

2. STRENGHT OF BIODIVERSITY

Over the decades of economic exploitation, our forests have largely become pine monocultures with a very poor undergrowth. We plant various indigenous species of trees (the vast majority being deciduous trees), shrubs and undergrowth plants to make our forests biodiverse and therefore more resistant to environmental factors. This way, we increase the biodiversity of the land we are planting on and, over time, of its surrounding areas.

3. DROUGHT TOLERANCE

We understand that in Poland forests need to be drought tolerant. This why we choose deciduous species that can handle dry periods well. Where possible, we protect areas that allow natural retention processes. Beavers are our friends.

4. CO2 STORAGE

We are on the verge of a climate catastrophe. Each year, global warming will become an increasing challenge for us. Forests are an excellent tool for limiting climate change. The way we allow them to form, maximizes the absorption of CO2 over the long term.

5. A FOREST MEANS MORE THAN JUST TREES

The forest ecosystem needs various species of shrubs, undergrowth plants and fungi. We plant bird-friendly fruit trees and shrubs. As soon as they start giving some shade, we come back to transplant forest soil monoliths containing fungi and plants that naturally spread very slowly. Whenever possible, we stack the branches in high piles. It creates a safe space for birds to stop, spread seeds in a natural way and thus strengthen our forest.

6. QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

We plant up to 2 000 seedlings per hectare (5 times less than the State Forests). Such a slow process allows trees to fully develop their crowns and build up the root system. We locate seedlings in scattered nests and leave a large part of the area uninterrupted, so that the trees can develop in a diversified way, also in terms of age. We protect some trees so that their apical shoots do not become food for deer.

7. ECOLOGY

We plant ecologically and we do not use biocides. Nature itself selects the most suitable species and seedlings capable of further development. A natural substrate is needed for optimal natural selection and will contribute to the development of a healthy forest ecosystem in the long term.

8. PROTOTYPING OPTIMAL SOLUTIONS

We know we are not the wisest. We test various solutions and look which of them are best for nature. Sometimes we fence the entire forest area. Other times, we fence a part of it or just individual seedlings. In some cases, we test the way natural fencing in the form of thorny bushes affects the development of the forest.

9. PLANTING COMMUNITY

We plant forests together with volunteers. We believe our activity is not only about planting forests, but also about building a community that cares about them. Planting is a form of social activity, thanks to which we facilitate people’s contact with nature and restore the respect for it.

10. WE STAY IN TOUCH

We do not leave our forests alone. We monitor their development and document it. We are keen to collaborate with research centers and authorities that can benefit from our knowledge and help us support nature.

LAND FOR FORESTS FOREVER

Most often, we plant forests on the land we buy, using money from our donors. Usually, we buy wastelands located far from buildings or fields, but in the immediate vicinity of other forests. We often choose land where trees have already begun the colonization process.

We can also afforest land that we do not own. We will help to fence it, we will bring seedlings, we will plant them. All that provided that this forest will never be sold or cut down.

LAND FOR FORESTS FOREVER

Most often, we plant forests on the land we buy, using money from our donors. Usually, we buy wastelands located far from buildings or fields, but in the immediate vicinity of other forests. We often choose land where trees have already begun the colonization process.

We can also afforest land that we do not own. We will help to fence it, we will bring seedlings, we will plant them. All that provided that this forest will never be sold or cut down.

WE PROTECT THE FORESTS IN MANY WAYS:

  • FORMALLY – by introducing changes in the land registers and development plans.
  • FINANCIALLY – by using targeted donations, which force the owner to return the donation together with interest fees in the event of cutting the forest.
  • SOCIALLY – by naming the forests and marking them on maps and in the field. The communities that plant them become their guardians. 
  • LEGALLY – by working on introducing the term “socially protected areas” into Polish law, which we do together with other organizations dealing with nature protection.

WHEN DO WE PLANT FOREVER FORESTS?

We plant forests twice a year. This rhythm is dictated by nature. We plant them when the vegetation processes slow down, but there is still no frost. The right time for planting is early spring and late fall.

We plant small trees, because they root best. Larger seedlings would have to be watered throughout the summer and each should be protected so that it does not move with the wind. During the first years, the seedlings intensively develop their root systems. In this process, nature chooses those that are best suited to a given environment and will have a chance to develop to populate the rest of the area.

WHEN DO WE PLANT FOREVER FORESTS?

We plant forests twice a year. This rhythm is dictated by nature. We plant them when the vegetation processes slow down, but there is still no frost. The right time for planting is early spring and late fall.

We plant small trees, because they root best. Larger seedlings would have to be watered throughout the summer and each should be protected so that it does not move with the wind. During the first years, the seedlings intensively develop their root systems. In this process, nature chooses those that are best suited to a given environment and will have a chance to develop to populate the rest of the area.

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