To promote sustainability and contribute towards reforesting green areas is one of the ALERT Foundation's goals (the Foundation is still being legally established).
In order to fulfill this goal, the Foundation organized a walk in the Peneda-Gerês National Park on November 7, 2009. This was part of a bigger project involving seed collection, germination and tree planting in this park. ALERT's volunteers and adolescents from Crescer-Ser (Portuguese association for the rights of children and the family) were involved in this initiative.
As they walked along the Preguiça Trail, guided by Cristina Machado, one of the park's technicians, ALERT volunteers and Crescer Ser adolescents collected oak, chestnut and holly seeds, which are the native species growing in Peneda-Gerês. This was an opportunity to get to know more about the park's flora and wildlife and the efforts being made to preserve species under the threat of extinction in Portugal's only national park.
Seed collection will be followed by germination, a process that was exemplified to the participants, to ensure that by next autumn the efforts of ALERT employees and Crescer Ser adolescents to plant new trees will have been successful.