Come out to save a tree, Audubon

Parque Landeta
Saturday, Sunday, January 15, 16, 8:30am-12:00pm
2nd Weekend of Each Month

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Come out to save a tree
Tree Cleaning Events
Join us to remove Paxtle from our native trees so that they may live long and strong.

Come for one or all of these tree cleaning events, come for a couple of hours, come for the entire time and ask your friends and family to join with you. It will be a valuable and rewarding experience.

Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you. We promise you will find this a valuable and rewarding experience.

We have a supply of leather sleeves to protect your arms, heavy duty gloves and tools for cleaning. If you have a good tree pruning saw and/or a ladder, please bring them!

Native trees need our help
Our native Mesquite and Huizaches are suffering from an epidemic of Paxtle (Tillandsia Recurvata), commonly known as la Plaga.

Paxtle, is a plant that survives on air, but uses trees (and other surfaces) as a structure to live upon. In small quantities it is not harmful to trees, but right now thousands of native trees in San Miguel are covered with large colonies of Paxtle, which blocks the sunlight they need to produce food, leaves and seeds. Eventually these trees will weaken, lose their ability to reproduce and ultimately die.

If this plague is not addressed, we stand to lose what remains of our urban forests and individual native trees throughout our community.

The time to act is now!

Trees are invaluable
It is not possible to overstate the value of a tree.

When they breathes out, it helps us breathe in. Their canopies shade us from the sun and provide sanctuary during rainstorms. Their roots hold soil in place and provide nutrients to the soil. Their leaves, fruit and seeds are a source of food and medicine for people and animals. Their strong branches support nests and roosts for animals on the hunt or needing a rest. Their different shapes, sizes, textures and vibrant colors contribute beauty to the landscape and you probably won’t be surprised to know that being around trees can actually chase our blues away.

What’s more, trees are one of our best natural defenses against climate change, desertification and the water scarcity challenges that are hurtling toward us.

For all of these reasons, and for the sake of the trees themselves, Audubon de Mexico is launching a community Save a Tree program.

The importance of our native trees
Our native are well adapted to long periods of drought and have developed uniquely beneficial relationships with our native fauna. As members of the legume family, they add nitrogen to the soil which is an essential nutrient for the growth of all plant life.

Together we can save our native trees
Save our Trees is a program to conserve and protect our native trees located in public open spaces and local parks. At Parque Landeta and “the Peninsula” (located near our boathouse at the Presa Allende), we have identified nearly 1500 trees requiring immediate attention.

If you have wanted to get involved in the community and love nature and the outdoors (and trees!), this is a perfect opportunity for you. Together we can save our local trees and forest land by removing Paxtle and pruning damaged branches. Join in at any or all of our Save a Tree communty events, and bring your family and your friends! You will find this to be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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