High North National Park Keystone Species Restoration

'The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life' - Rabindranath Tagore

Project Goals:

  • Restore key vegetation, including replanting and protecting keystone evergreen saplings, including red mangrove propagules in the Petit Carenage wetland area (part of HighNorth National Park)

  • Increase the forest biomass and biodiversity

  • Ensure natural water access to plants increasing the capacity for natural rain catchments (excavation of existing ponds to increase their intake capacity)

  • Collect endemic tree seedlings and grow keystone tree saplings in the nursery

  • Improve soil conditions and combat desertification

  • Setup protection against erosion (e.g., Vetiver set as permanent buffers against erosion on the steep outer contours of High North)

  • Setup protection against and predation of keystone and fruit & flower plant saplings from roaming cattle and goats (placing protective wire mesh cylinders around saplings)

  • Mitigate  Global Warming effects and increase rain precipitation by augmenting tree biomass and canopy cover

  • Educate, train, study, document and analyse the changes of the protected ecosystem

Evergreen Neem
White Cedar
Digging the High North pond
High North pond
Ficus citrifolia sapling
KIDO tree nursery
Tree restoration in High North forest
Protective mesh for saplings
Tree of Life, Lignum vitae
Silk Cotton sapling protected before the dry season
Silk Cotton tree
Dario describes the drip system
Moussara, Brosimum alicastrum
Vetiver grass
Vetiver at High North peak, 956 ft