This planting season HAF worked with rural Moroccan communities and its partners to plant 80,500 fruit saplings and trees – this represents the most trees we have planted in any planting season to date! As part of the Kate Jeans-Gail Memorial Tree Nursery we planted 60,000 saplings with community members in the Tifnoute Valley of southern Morocco. We funded the planting of 3,500 apple trees in the Eastern High Atlas National Park in coordination with Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Toomey. In partnership with the Global Diversity Fund, the Imlil Development Association, and Amis de CHU (Friends of the University Hospital) we planted 17,000 apple and cherry trees with villages in the Imenane Valley in the High Atlas Mountains.
Thank you to our supporters for helping to make this planting season such a success. Special thanks to: The Gail Family, GlobalGiving, Charles and Sheryl Gushee, Heritage Tours, Trees for Life, and Andre Vagliano.
We are happy to announce that plans are already underway to work with community members in the village of Tassa Ouirgane, in Toubkal National Park, to plant 40,000 fruit saplings during the next planting season (beginning in November 2007).
In June 2006 the High Atlas Foundation launched its One Million Tree Initiative to plant one million fruit tree saplings in community nurseries throughout rural Morocco.