Catie George wrote:
I wonder... if a large area was restored in this way, and the groundwater recharged, and vegetation restored.... would it increase local rainfall and moderate the climate? I know here in Canada beaver ponds in the mountains are known to affect rainfall amounts, I wonder if a similar effect might be true in Saudi Arabia, as well?
I look forward to seeing whatever it is you decide to pursue next!
Anita Martin wrote:Thanks for posting the video, it was very inspirational! Great job, and respect for your perseverance.
I have lived myself on the West coast of the peninsula for years and explored a good part of the peninsula. It would be so great to see more projects like this. I am afraid an important part of the wildlife there is either extinct or vanishing. I remember seeing hordes of wild monkeys (in the 1980s), wulfs, and also (never seen by myself) the Oryx antelope and wild cats like leopards.
There is so much potential to start sustainable projects in the country, so your project is really uplifting.
Neal Spackman wrote:
The monkeys are still there up by Taif--there's a new highway headed up that way. The wulfs are still there too--still hunted by the bedou and hung outside their tent as a trophy/warning. I never saw a leopard but a man a couple hours down the road accidently poisoned one a few years back and was thrown in jail for it--they're highly protected and respected at this point. I have no idea where the oryx and hyraxes are at this point but they're out there.
Beth Wilder wrote:This is great and inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us!
Neal, do you have a print report somewhere that lists which tree and grass and other species were/are successful? I heard you mention that there are new acacias growing now, for example, which is great. At other times in the video, it looked like you might have some Prosopis and even some Parkinsonia species there. Is that right, or am I just seeing what I'm familiar with from our (more like 330mm/yr rainfall) high desert mesquite savanna (perhaps what I thought were mesquites were acacias -- we have and love both here, but the acacias right around us don't get as tall as the mesquite, so I tend to be thrown when I see other taller Acacia species)?
Near us, a rancher in the Chiricahua Mountains brought stonemasons up from Mexico to build checkdams and share their expertise. I was struck by the parallel of you-all bringing in Yemeni stonemasons for the stone terraces. Very inspiring. Thanks again!
Neal Spackman wrote:Yes we trialled prosopis, parkinsonia, albizia, leucaena, faidherbia, casuarina, 2 different moringa species, commiphora, and ziziphus, plus all the local acacias that came up on their own. There are others i would have liked to trial, but couldn't get the seed in or find a good source--particularly some african trees that i thought would do well.