Fast Tracking a Forest


Using a process called "singling" Eden Projects is developing forests in some of Haiti's toughest places. 

The tree species being used is called Bayawonn in Haiti...Mesquite here in the United States.  Bayawonn is often a thorny, bushy shrub that grows naturally and abundantly in Haiti and can appear to be a useless weed.  But what many consider to be a nuisance weed actually grows into a very large tree (some reach over 60 feet in height) and is proving to be a great asset to our reforestation efforts in Haiti.

Eden's workers begin the singling process by harvesting all but one to three of the strongest and straightest stems of a Bayawonn "bush". The branches that are cut off are used for fencing or as fuel so nothing goes to waste. The remaining stems are protected and quickly grow into trees that provide the initial canopy for a new forest. These trees will grow in very tough spots, as Bayawonn will tolerate arid and salty soil. Not only are they a tough pioneer species, they improve the soil by absorbing nitrogen from the air and transferring it to their roots. This makes the nitrogen readily available in the soil for use by other plants and trees. Once the singling process has been completed on all of the Bayawonn in a reforestation site, we fill in the gaps between them with seedlings that we grow in our nurseries.  In as little as five years, beautiful shady forests reemerge in areas that were completely deforested and desertified.

In addition to being a great asset in reestablishing a forest, the Bayawonn pods are a potential food source for livestock and the wood can be used for furniture, carving, and flooring. There are millions of Bayawonn trees waiting for Eden employees in Haiti to "single them out" and transform them into big beautiful trees.

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Your support of Eden Projects employs the men and women who prune the bushes into trees and protect them to maturity. Together we are making a difference in Haiti. Thank you for partnering with us.

Rick Harrell
Director for Haiti

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  • commented 2015-05-28 11:12:24 -0700
    Getting a thriving canopy is the first step to providing shade for crops such as coffee, tea, ginger, etc…