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National Forest Foundation Partnership

Over a million acres of our country needs to be reforested, and we are committed to helping get that done.  We have partnered with the NFF so that each piece of jewelry we sell means that one tree gets planted.  

Visit their page to find out more about their work: National Forest Foundation

As of November 2018 we have planted over 800 trees!  

 
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Belle Isle Habitat Restoration

I volunteer as a tree steward for the city of Richmond.  Cesar doesn't have the formal training that the city requires for you to work on public land, but he was a boy scout forever so he knows what he's doing when it comes to nature.  He helps out with our work in a bunch of ways, he just doesn't get to use the big tools until he takes the class.

Belle Isle is a small (54 acre) island on the James River in the heart of our city, Richmond, Virginia.  The James River Park System was surveyed in 2015, and it was determined that about 80% of the plants growing along our river were invasive species.  A consulting firm that specializes in urban park restoration has assessed the situation, drawn up a plan, and with the support of 15 local organizations, we are taking a systematic approach to tackling our invasive problem.

It is a simple mission, but also a physically demanding, sweaty, and time-consuming one.  It will take a minimum of 5 years to reach the goal of restoring the park to only 20% invasive species.

So here are a bunch of links to more information, and if you want to come out to Belle Isle with the Tree Stewards and haul some dead branches, rip up vines, and plant some trees we meet Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9am to whenever you're tired.  Email me, Sara, at info@shademetals.com if you want to come out.  I can't make it every time, but our fearless leader Catherine is there each day and it's best to let someone know you are coming because the work location changes.

 
 This day of work was about moving a huge pile of dead invasive plants from a high elevation to a place where a wood-chipper could get to them and desiccate them for good. So there were about 6 of us on top of the cliff, in ant like formation funneling the branches down to the cliff and pushing them over. The two at the bottom recovered the fallen bits and piled them up. Jacob the dog kept watch.

This day of work was about moving a huge pile of dead invasive plants from a high elevation to a place where a wood-chipper could get to them and desiccate them for good. So there were about 6 of us on top of the cliff, in ant like formation funneling the branches down to the cliff and pushing them over. The two at the bottom recovered the fallen bits and piled them up. Jacob the dog kept watch.

 The Department of Forestry gave us a $10,000 grant and were able to buy 300 older, more established trees. This day was about unloading, identifying and labeling.

The Department of Forestry gave us a $10,000 grant and were able to buy 300 older, more established trees. This day was about unloading, identifying and labeling.

 Cesar loves to dig holes. Planting day with volunteers from Community High School.

Cesar loves to dig holes. Planting day with volunteers from Community High School.