In June 2004, the Liquid Jungle Lab Inc. (LJL) and the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies signed a professional services contract for staff training, native seedling production, and experimental native species plantation design, establishment, and monitoring (Annex 1).
The services described in this contract include (1) the training of LJL personnel in nursery management and plantation establishment techniques, (2) technical assistance in the design and installation of a modern containerized seedling nursery, (3) the production of seedlings of 13-21 species for planting in experimental plantations, (4) technical assistance in the establishment and care of these plantations, and (5) the collection of data regarding plantation establishment success over a period of four years.
This suite of services was designed to provide LJL with the infrastructure and personnel to successfully produce native tree seedlings and successfully establish native tree plantations. The 2.6 hectares of experimental plantations established in 2004 were designed to test the initial performance of a variety of high-value and rare tropical hardwoods under the range of site conditions likely to be encountered in the lands owned by the Bahia Honda Company. The results of these trials will help to identify the best-performing species for the region, and will aid in the design of future reforestation efforts.
In 2005 The Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Yale School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies provided a suite of services to the Liquid Jungle Lab