It's been a crazy month of climate news - the fires in California (where the Wren team is based) were unbelievable to watch. We're all OK, but this fire season serves as a reminder of the urgency of the climate crisis. Thank you for your support - the tree planting you're funding keeps me hopeful and reminds me of all the solutions we have to the climate crisis!
The Community Tree Planting project continues to adapt to COVID-19, and at this point has most of their tree monitoring back to pre-pandemic levels. All monitors are provided "COVID-19 Assistance Packs" containing masks and hand sanitizer.
With monitoring and data collection up and running again, we wanted to take some time this update to share how monitors do their job, and where you can view the collected data on Wren.
How monitors ensure trees are healthy and sequestering carbon
Monitors are vital to the success of the project, since farmers are paid not for planting seedlings, but nurturing trees into adulthood and in perpetuity. Data collected by monitors in the field are used to determine the health and growth of every grove of trees, which is used to determine how many carbon credits can be sold and how much income farmers will receive.
The process for collecting tree data is simple: monitors visit the groves in person, measuring tree diameters, inspecting the trees for disease, and cataloguing what types of trees are being planted where. All of this data is uploaded to a database from mobile devices, and is made publicly available. Visit the project page for Community Tree Planting on Wren to view the most recent audited grove data! The section looks like this:
Although monitors are back at work, coronavirus is still spreading in East Africa so farmers are staying put as much as they can. That means plenty of time to plant more trees and tend to gardens! 🌳
Here are some more photos taken this month:
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- The Wren Team
Mimi, Landon, Ben, and Taylor