4-H Marianas, MINA collaborate on tree planting

Posted on Jul 16 2019


The 4-H Marianas’ Camp Maga’lahi participants were in for a surprise with their trip to Micro Beach last Friday.

The participants were greeted by the Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance, or MINA, and learned about the many native plants in the CNMI.

Participants were also given the opportunity to plant trees at the beach; MINA provided the materials needed to make this possible.

The participants were also taught about which plant species were native and non-native to the islands, and how re-planting helps prevent erosion, sedimentation, and runoff into the lagoon and prevent further reef degradation.

In a Facebook post, the Northern Marianas College thanked MINA for its help. MINA also thanked NMC in a separate Facebook post.

MINA is just fresh off its “Bring Back Our Trees” campaign; the group finished its final campaign last June 29. The campaign was made in response to Typhoon Soudelor and Super Typhoons Yutu, which both caused massive losses in coastal vegetation.

The MINA campaign resulted in 486 trees being planted with the help of more than 200 volunteers.

4-H Marianas is under the purview of the Family, Community, and Youth Development Program, which itself is under the Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service or NMC-CREES.

For more information about 4-H Marianas programs, visit the NMC-CREES website at crees.marianas.edu or on Facebook and Instagram @4HMarianas.

For more information about MINA and its future events, contact their office at (670) 233-7333 (REEF) or email minaoutreach@gmail.com. (Marc A. Venus)

Marc A. Venus

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