Milton Reano is a landowner who is concerned with the deforestation of the surrounding areas around Laguna de Tota. He is helping reverse the damage that has already been done to Boyaca, Colombia by bringing attention to the need for restoration of the native plants to the hills and lands that surround Lake de Tota.
Milton has lived most of his life on this land. He remembers long walks in the surrounding hills and seeing the abundant mosses and native plants growing wild. The trees that grew there were native to this area of Colombia. Now, all that has changed. Milton explains that the lands have been deforested and stripped of their native plants. Now farmers in the area grow potatoes and cattle. The cattle eat the remaining moss and drink the groundwater that the moss produces. The trees have been replaced with pine trees that soak up the groundwater and dry the land.
We are lending our support to this endeavor to restore Lake Tota to health. By restoring the health of the lake, we also will be restoring the health of all the biodiversity in and around the lake.
YOU can be part of this project to restore the natural balance to this beautiful lake and the surrounding biodiversity.
YOU can be part of reversing the effects of deforestation in this area of Boyaca by helping us fund the replanting of native trees and transplanting the foreign tree growth off of these hills. Protecting and Restoring a Natural Lake depends on a healthy source of wetlands to feed the groundwater through the natural runoff into the lake. This enables it to remain fresh and living. Without groundwater running into the lake, the lake will slowly dry up and no longer nourish the biodiversity that depends on it. With Green Force Partners, we are actively coordinating communications with Milton to protect Laguna de Tota.
This is how it works;
Trained technicians will compile and study satellite data to detect deforestation and distribute their reports to local authorities. The reports will then be used to investigate illegal deforestation. Our smartphone software will help spot threats. Reforestation is encouraged and supported in the damaged areas.
WE URGENTLY NEED TO RESTORE THIS FOREST AND LAKE. YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!
Laguna de Tota is the largest lake in Colombia. It is located two and half hours from Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. The lake measures 55.1 sq. kilometers (21.3 sq. miles) and has a depth of 58 meters (190 feet). No rivers feed into it. The lake has derived its fresh waters over the centuries from the groundwater produced by native plants growing wild on the mountains and surrounding land. Laguna de Tota is the source of the Upia River, which flows into the Orinoco River basin. Visitors to the lake often enjoy the sandy beach for holiday getaways.
You can see the green from crops being grown along the sides of the lake. Take a closer look at the land beyond the shorelines. You can also note the destruction that has already taken place and is now threatening the lake’s survival.
The mission: To restore and conserve the forested areas and restore the natural supply of groundwater to Laguna de Tota.
On a satellite map, you will see the entire area that surrounds Laguna de Tota. Native trees have been replaced with non-native pine trees, which dry the groundwater and prevent water from reaching the lake.
By replanting native plants and trees, the groundwater can be replenished and supply Laguna de Tota, which will then flow into the Orinoco River basin. Our team, Green Force Partners in Colomba, is helping to restore local flora that will allow biodiversity to thrive in a healthy environment. The Frailejon is a perennial sub-shrub in the sunflower family and is native to mainly Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Along with the other more than 900 species of moss native to this area, these once native plants will bring back the groundwater to levels that will once again enrich the land and help Laguna de Tota flourish.
When you support this project, you will also help Milton and other land caretakers petition Colombian lawmakers to remove non-native pine trees and replant native trees. They are requesting that the natural habitat be restored to grow the native shrubbery that produces the water that feeds Laguna de Tota.
YOU can share the same mission to bring the native biodiversity back to this area of Boyaca, Colombia.