Air pollution and strong winds pose challenges to the health and wellbeing of people and the environment alike in the greater San Martin de los Andes area of Neuquen, Argentina. That's where Timberland Argentina has been busy planting trees to create wind barriers and green public spaces such as parks and pavements, in order to counteract carbon emissions, protect the area against the elements and enhance the scenic beauty of this residential area.
To date, we've planted 3,500 trees in Neuquen province, including native tree species Roble Pellin, Alamo Criollo, Fresno Europeo, Notro (also called the "firebush" for the wealth of red flowers when it blooms), and Maiten. The Maiten tree was considered the "tree of truth" by South American aborigines, and no lies could be told under its shelter... so in addition to planting the seeds of reforestation in San Martin de los Andes, you could say we're promoting honesty, too! We're currently scouting for our next tree planting project in Argentina, and look forward to "growing more good" in 2012.
We have a number of tree planting partners in Argentina, including the Asociacion Empresas Amigas del Neuquen (Neuquen Friend Companies Association), Municipalidad de San Martin de los Andes (San Martin de Los Andes Council Office) and the Parque Nacional Lanin (Lanin National Park) – a conservation area created in 1937 with the purpose of preserving the Patagonic-Andean woods and native species.