Eco-Ecuador Dry Tropical Forest Revegetation Project

The Dry Tropical Vegetation of Bahia De Caraquez coastal bioregion is both specific and barely extant. The Project began as an effort to stabilize hillsides (which had recently become mudslides) by replanting a combination of indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses. Working with local people as well as international volunteers, the various project managers have each left their mark on the Eco-Ecuador Project. This page is a compilation of who they are and were and a links to their Reports.

2011 Reports

By admin | August 27, 2019

2011 Index of ReportsReport 1: January – FebruaryReport 2: February – MarchReport 3: March – AprilReport 4: April – MayReport 5: May – JuneReport 6: June – AugustReport 7: August – OctoberReport 8: October – December Field Report #1 Clay Plager-UngerPlanet Drum FoundationJanuary-February 3, 2011 Welcome to 2011. This year we are starting off with more trees in the greenhouse than ever before. The rainy […]

Greenhouse Update

By Clay Plager-Unger | August 22, 2019

Amidst recent project activities including community outreach, bioregional education workshops, youth volunteer group workdays, and developing alliances with the Sucre County Municipality, Planet Drum’s volunteers and interns have been diligently keeping the greenhouse operations running smoothly by maintaining watering, weeding, organizing trees, clearing brush, preparing soil, planting seedbeds, and transplanting seedlings. Volunteer support from visiting international volunteers and interns is crucial to the success of […]

Bioregional Education Workshops

By Clay Plager-Unger | August 21, 2019

Bioregional education workshops at the Planet Drum greenhouse teach the importance of forest conservation and practical information about how to restore this threatened ecosystem. Participants engage in hands on activities related to tree production and revegetation. In recent months, Planet Drum hosted workshops at the greenhouse for school groups from Los Algarrobos School (Canoa) and the Eloy Alfaro School (Bahía). Planet Drum has worked with […]

Seed Collection

By Clay Plager-Unger | August 16, 2019

In July and August various seed collection expeditions have yielded seed bounties of native Dry Tropical Forest species. Pechiche seeds were collected off the ground in the El Toro watershed. Fresh Algarrobo seed pods were harvested in the Astillero neighborhood. And Ceibo seed pods were collected straight from a tree along the main road into town near the Fanca neighborhood in Leonidas Plaza.

Hillside Revegetation in El Astillero

By Clay Plager-Unger | August 16, 2019

Planet Drum maintains a satellite greenhouse operation and revegetation site in the Astillero neighbor just outside of downtown Bahía de Caráquez with cooperation from our longtime friend José María. The extremely steep and eroding revegetation site was planted with 75 trees in December, 2018 – January, 2019. Today we visited the site to monitor and water the trees that were planted. The site has maintained a […]

Youth Volunteerism

By Clay Plager-Unger | August 15, 2019

In recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in youth volunteering in the region. Many of them are involved in environmental work, often tree planting, which means that sooner or later they find out about Planet Drum’s revegetation project and want to participate. One group, Fuerza Equitativa Juvenil de San Vicente (Equitable Youth Force of San Vicente), is a loosely knit group of young adults who volunteer […]