THERE IS AN URGENCY TO RESTORE THIS LAND AND LAKE.
YOU CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE SOLUTION!
The need is for Laguna de Tota in the Boyacá province of Colombia.
Laguna de Tota is the largest lake in Colombia. It is located two and a half hours from Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. The lake, itself,encompasses an area of 55.1 sq. kilometers (21.3 sq. miles) and has a depth of 58 meters (190 feet). There are not any rivers feeding it. Instead, it derives its’ fresh waters from the ground water that is produced by the native plants that have grown wild on the mountains and surrounding land for centruries. Lake Tota is the source of the Upia River, which flows into the Orinoco River basin.
There is a sanded area, where the Colombian people enjoy getting away and playing on the beach for a holiday get away. You can see green from crops being grown along the sides of the lake. But as you take a closer look at the land beyond the shorelines, you will see the destruction that has taken place and is now threatening the survival of this lake, and the entire area around it.
The mission: To protect and maintain the Lake Tota’s water table
Milton Reaño has lived most of his life on this land. He remembers long walks in to the surrounding hills and seeing the abundant mosses and native plants growing wild. The trees that grew there, were native to this área of Colombia.Now all that has changed.
Milton explains that the lands have been deforested and stripped of their native plants. Now the farmers in the area are growing crops of potatoes on this land. Along with farms, there are also cattle ranches here. The cows eat the remaining moss and drink the ground water that the mosses produce. The trees have been replaced with pine trees that soak up the ground water and dry the land out even more.
YOU will be sharing in the same mission which is, to bring back the flora that is native to this area. Through the replanting of these native plants, the water table can replenish and run to the lake where it then flows out and distributes through the main Orinoco River basin. You will be helping to bring life and enjoyment back to this lake and surrounding land areas.
Offset your carbon footprint now
THIS RAIN FOREST HAS ALREADY BEEN HURT BY DEFORESTATION
YOU can help restore the forest that once grew on these lands around Laguna de Tota, simply by purchasing your carbon footprint offsets here and choosing to support this project.
As you look at a satellite map, you will see that the entire area around Lake Tota is brown from the deforestation of the naturally growing trees that once grew wild here. Now these native trees have been replaced by non-native pine trees. The pines will dry the land from the water that they soak up through their roots, which will increasingly dry up the water table and prevent the water from reaching the lake.
WE WANT TO HELP THE WORLD’S RAINFORESTS THRIVE
ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME
We are working together with Green Force Partners in Colombia, and with the residents who live on these lands and are willingly wanting to restore the healthy to their lands. In doing so, we are helping restore the planet Earth back to a healthy state so that we can all thrive in a healthy environment again.
We have been communicating and working to help in obtaining certifications and the implement of carbon offset programs that will enable your giving to go even further. Through these programs, you will have an even greater effect as you buy your carbon footprint offsets. At the same time, the landowners will have the funds backing them as they move forward in replanting native plants and caring for the land that has been so devastated.
The soil in this region is known for its’ rich fertile qualities. The Frailejon, is a perennial subshrub, in the sunflower family, and is native to mainly Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Along with the other more than 900 species of moss that are all native to this area, these once native plants will bring back the ground water to levels that will once again enrich the land and will again feed Laguna de Tota, so it can flourish.
WE ARE COMMITTED – AND WE NEED YOUR HELP AS A PARTNER
When you support this project, you will be enabling Milton, and other land caretaker, to petition the lawmakers to remove the pine trees and replant the native trees. They will also request that the natural habitat be restored so they can once again grow the native shrubbery that produces the water that feeds Lake Tota.
They need your help.