Tree Day: Learn more about how Usiminas contributes to the preservation of green areas
Tree Day, on the 21st of September, is dedicated to one of the greatest symbols of our natural riches. And we invite you today to reflect on the importance of caring for and preserving our trees. In the communities where we are present, we prepared a surprise: in Ipatinga (MG), Itatiaiuçu (MG) and Cubatão (SP), we spread tree seedlings so that local residents can plant them and, get motivated to preserve wooded areas and make their cities even greener. Check out the video of this action here and also get motivated to plant a tree today! In addition, here at Usiminas, we take care of the preservation and replanting of countless trees through native forest preservation and conservation programs in the regions where we are present We know that the conservation of biodiversity is fundamental for sustainable development, for the quality of life and for the well-being of the communities in which we are inserted. Therefore, continue this reading and be inspired by some of our actions that contribute to the preservation and conservation of many trees in our Brazil. Seedlings Nursery Close to “Usipa” parking lot, is our Seedlings Nursery, a real “tree factory” in the middle of the city. More than 20 thousand seedlings are grown every year, which are used in the afforestation of the Usiminas areas, recovery of springs and riparian forests, as well as being donated to town halls and the community through solidarity campaigns. Green Belt The Green Belt, an extensive green area around Ipatinga Plant which covers 377 hectares and passes through 11 neighborhoods in the city, is another of our initiatives on behalf of the environment. The belt fosters the replanting of urban slopes, the reduction of erosion and the improvement of microclimatic conditions in the region. With this project, Ipatinga has a green area index of 96 m² per inhabitant, eight times higher than recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Riparian Forest The riparian forests protect the regions of springs, being of extreme importance the species that live in the region, in addition to protecting the rivers from suffering from silting up. From our Nursery, several species of seedlings come out for planting and revitalization of Ipatinga Plant’s Green Belt, degraded areas, parks and urban area of Ipatinga, and the banks of Piracicaba and Doce rivers. In partnership with the Relictos Foundation, a local NGO, and the State Forest Institute (IEF), the projects have already recovered over 22 km of riparian forest. The recovery of the riparian forests has contributed to the reestablishment of the course of the rivers Doce and Piracicaba in the region, which were silted up. In total, there are already more than 249 hectares of reforested area, the equivalent of 230 soccer fields. Plant a Life Have you ever imagined planting a tree to honor each newborn child of company employees? We at Usiminas have been promoting this action for several years at Cubatão Plant. In Ipatinga, the initiative began in 2018. In 2019, more than 400 employees of Ipatinga Plant, Unigal and “Usiminas Mecânica” participated in the action and were able to plant a native seedling in one of our areas in the “Imbaúbas” neighborhood. The “Plant a Life” was developed to celebrate the birth or adoption of our employees’ children by planting native trees on Usiminas premises. Besides being an action that values and generates proximity with families, it also demonstrates our concern with environmental issues and future generations. Natural Heritage Private Reserve Usiminas Ipatinga Plant and Usiminas Mining monitor and protect their Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and Legal Reserves. In 2016, an area of 204,13 hectares, located in Ipatinga (MG), owned by Usiminas, was recognized as a Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) by IEF, contributing to the maintenance of the Atlantic Forest Biome. The creation of the RPPN Usipa is the result of an agreement between Usiminas and the Public Ministry of MG, which considered its ecological importance for the region in order to justify its perpetual preservation. An area of preserved native vegetation, located near a space dedicated to leisure and sports and where a seedlings nursery is installed, is also of great importance for the community – both residents of Ipatinga and the neighboring cities Coronel Fabriciano, Timóteo and Santana do Paraíso. “Rio Doce” State Park (RDSP) Usiminas is part of the Advisory Board of “Rio Doce” State Park, working together with the State Forest Institute (IEF) and other representatives of organized sectors of society. The RDSP was the first Conservation Unit created in Minas Gerais and is home to the largest tropical forest in the state, having been classified as a Core Zone of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve, recognized by Unesco in 2008. It is considered of “Extremely High Biological Importance” by the Ministry of the Environment, the highest level of importance in this category of analysis and declared “Area of Special Biological Importance” by the Government of the State of Minas Gerais. The PERD region is the third largest lake ecosystem in Brazil. Sustainable development is something fundamental for us at Usiminas, so we created an exclusive steel for the solar energy market. Click here to learn more about this innovation!