Crowdfunding Project Lake Construction in Huelemu
About the project
Huelemu is a non-profit project that works as an agroforestry research centre and a school for agroforestry as well. It was founded in a wetland at the province of Linares, Region del Maule, in the central-south Chile in 2014.
Originally, in such ecosystem thrived a freshwater swamp forest, known as Maule jungle, with the predominance of trees from the myrtle family – Pitra (Myrceugenia exsucca), Temu (Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii) and white Chilean myrtle (Luma chequen) – plus other water loving trees such Winter’s bark (Drimys winteri), Lily of the valley tree (Crinodendron patagua), Chilean acorn (Cryptocarya alba) and Mayten (Maytenus boaria).
This forest is able to grow here only because of the phreatic zone that is placed at 1.5 meter below ground. This wetland is for conservation priority, so much as an important source of fresh water and as a niche for many animal and plant species, especially for the abundant wild birds.
Since the beginning of local agriculture, this wetland started to degrade until the point to lose almost the entire forest coverage, and let water exposed to pollution and loss of retention.
The core of this wetland regeneration is to restore the freshwater swamp forest, with its own native species, create and design a productive ecosystem based on agroforestry to develop a regenerative and sustainable agriculture and to create several lakes for wildlife and forest recover.
In 2016, the first lake was built in Huelemu. Since its creation, impressive results arose immediately. The day after finishing the construction, the lake was full of water because of the proximity of underground water. That same night, frogs (Pleurodema thaul) started to croak, and since that day I knew that this new ecosystem would bring enormous benefits for this wetland regeneration.
Lake construction photo sequence – October 2016
Thereby, to date, many birds started to arrive, some of them migratory and others that started to be permanently part of the lake. Yellow-billed pintail (Anas georgica), spot-flanked gallinule (Gallinula melanops) and red-gartered coot (Fulica armillata) live constantly in this aquatic niche during the wettest season of the year, whilst during the winter season arrive cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) and wren-like rushbird (Phleocryptes melanops).
In addition, a couple of catfishes (Diplomystes camposensis), a native fish that lives in the local streams, and also freshwater clams (Diplodon chilensis) has been introduced. And happily, a coypu (Myocastor coypus) visited the lake for the first time this year, a Chilean wetland native mammal.
The dream is to build a new lake and a small hill with a mediterranean forest on it, in order to keep expanding the life of this wetland. Help us being part of this creation of life!!
The collective financement campaign starts in 8th august, 2018 and it ends in 12th october, 2018. We have only 65 days to gather US$4,000 in order to finance the machinery and hence make this dream come true.
Design for the new lake construction (spring 2018 – south hemisphere)
Your donation is essential for the continuity of this dream!
You can make your donation in the folloing way:
- Through a direct deposit (Interac) to Huelemu Scotia Bank account (Contact us at email@example.com)