Monday, 04 July 2011 01:34
The Sophora Tolomiro makes a comback.
After numerous failed attempts to revive a tree species unique to Easter Island, Conaf – the government´s forestry agency - now thinks it has successfully reintroduced the Sophoro Tolomiro tree.
Earlier this year Conaf planted 80 Toromiro trees on the island and distributed 300 seeds to islanders to help with the reforestation effort. Each of the 300 seeds is accompanied with instructions on how best to care for the plants.
“For the first time since 1956 Easter Island will have its own Toromiros,” archaeologist Sonia Haoa told La Tercera. Haoa has been working to reintroduce Toromiros for the past 20 years.
Helping monitor Conaf’s work is the local environmental group Mata Ki Te Rangi (Eyes to the Sky). They reserve one day a week to observe and record the progress of the Toromiros.
By Chelsea A. Flowers
Copyright 2011 – The Valparaíso Times
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Chelsea A. Flowers
Chelsea is a rising Junior at Denison University studying Studio Art and Black Studies. She recently gained an indefinite respect and love for photography, and has had the pleasure of contributing work to the yearbook and newspaper staff at Denison.