2018-04-01 Lao Niu Foundation
Camden Dempsey, a 16-year-old American high school student, spent a year and a half planning a project, raising funds, and recruiting volunteers to come to Horinger Inner Mongolia on March 27th together with 16 volunteers from Colorado, USA, starting their “Inner Mongolia Tree Planting Tour”.
During the visit to “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Plot”, volunteers highly praised Lao Niu Foundation’s behavior of investing so much capital, introducing professional team - the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to repair degraded land, and cooperating with the community to explore sustainable “ecological poverty alleviation”.
Let’s meet Camden, a 16 –year-old handsome boy (front row, first from left)
TNC experts introduced project planting model
Listening to the story of “Mr. Niu Gensheng’s achievement of a forest for a tree” under a century-old apricot tree
Camden measured the depth of digging with his body – 50 cm
Exchange “ecological poverty alleviation" with members of community cooperatives
After the visit, volunteers planted seedlings around the project site personally with the planting pattern explored in the “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Plot” project.
What? How could I plant trees in such hard soil?
Hey, I could continue my Juniper planting with another shovel.
Through this activity, Camden and volunteers hoped that they would pass on the acquired knowledge and concepts of the ecological circulation, planting patterns, community sustainable development and ecological poverty alleviation of “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Plot” to more friends.
In 2010, Lao Niu Foundation jointly initiated “Inner Mongolia Shengle International Ecological Demonstration Plot” project with TNC, China Green Carbon Foundation, and Inner Mongolia Forestry Department. So far, more than 3 million trees have been planted on this desertified land, restoring nearly 40,000 mu of degraded land and increasing the biodiversity to 77 species. Also, wild animals such as red foxes and roe deer have returned to this land.