Help put the Cedar back in the Cederberg
Join Just Trees, Red Espresso and CapeNature this weekend for their sixth annual Cedar Tree Planting Day and help put the Cedar back in the Cederberg. After a successful Cedar tree planting day held in conjunction with Bushmanskloof in May, we’re excited for the second Cedar Tree planting event we’re involved in this year, this time organised by Just Trees.
Now in its sixth year, the event takes place this Saturday, 27 June 2015. Participants will meet at 9am under the big oak tree at the start of the Welbedacht Hiking Trail near Driehoek Tourist Farm. Patrick Lane, the Conservation Manager for the Cederberg Wilderness Area, will lead the hike up to the planting spot, which will go past a few pristine examples of Cedar trees, some over 500 years old!
The trail will also lead past last year’s planting site, allowing you to see how those Cedars are doing. It is expected to take 1.5 hours to reach the planting site, so be prepared by bringing the following:
- Small spade
- Good walking shoes/gumboots
- Drinking water (at least 1l, but preferably more)
- Layered clothing. The Cederberg can vary from hot to cold conditions depending on the area
To find out more information, or to RSVP, please contact Elize from Just Trees on firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the flyer below for a larger version to download and share.
About the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree and Cederberg Wilderness Area conservation
The endemic Clanwilliam cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) occurs only in the Cederberg mountains, 270km north of Cape Town. It represents one of 1000 surviving conifer species in the world. The number of trees has declined dramatically over the past two centuries, partly due to unsustainable exploitation and partly due to an increase in fire frequency. The species is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, hence it has been categorised as Critically Endangered on the Red Data List.
The Cederberg was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973. A reserve of about 5 250 hectares was established in 1987 to prevent the extinction of the area’s namesake: the Clanwilliam cedar tree.
Over several centuries, these trees were felled for construction activities and telephone poles. Frequent fires also ravaged the species to the point of near extinction. CapeNature works with partners and volunteers to plant cedar seedlings in the mountains. Each year, volunteers help plant about 8 000 nursery-grown young trees in the reserve.
In 1988, the Cederberg Wilderness Area was established as the centre of a leopard management area to protect leopards by minimising conflict between stock farming and nature conservation.
To protect the Cederberg’s rich heritage and extraordinary biodiversity, CapeNature and local landowners set up the Cederberg and Biedouw conservancies on the border of the wilderness area, covering about 312 000 hectares of private and state land.