Submerged tree planting
Rotary members and Rotaractors in the Bahamas are taking Rotary President’s Ian H.S. Riseley’s tree planting challenge to the sea. In December, the group planted 50 red mangroves seedlings at Bonefish Pond National Park on the southern coast of New Providence Island. The tropical plants have roots that form a tangle that protects the shoreline against storm surges by trapping sediment the wave carries in. Members also dug a channel so the tidewater can flow to the plants.
“When the sea levels go down, you’ll see our work,” says Adrian White of the Rotary Club of East Nassau. “When the sea levels go up, our will still be there, protecting our country.”
The club is planting more mangroves this month.