Mountain State Overland (MSO) is YouTube series dedicated to documenting adventure travel and telling stories that promote responsible lifestyles along the oldest mountain range east of the Mississippi; the Appalachian Mountains. Since its inception in the "Mountain State" (West Virginia) during the Fall of 2013, this team of explorers have captured motion and still images that recount their nearly 10,000 miles of vehicle-based adventures.
The Season 3 film production series will take the Team on an expedition centered around the unique landscapes, terrain, rivers and cultures that make up the United State's northeastern most region of the Appalachian Mountains. Throughout their adventures in 2016, MSO will produce stories that supports a journey through remote territories, forests and rocky coastlines.
As part of our commitment advocating responsible lifestyles and supporting the general awareness for Earth's natural resources, Team MSO has committed to planting a tree per mile [ #1MILE1TREE ] traveled during the filming productions of Season 3. As Team MSO embarks on its expedition through Maine, we'll be tracking the total mileage of our lead vehicle and contributing donations to Trees for the Future. Our commitment to Trees for the Future will support the development and management of forest gardens in Africa.
In the early 1970s, Dave and Grace Deppner served as volunteers in the Philippines, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Working with community leaders in nearby villages, the Deppners found a way to offer hope. They revitalized degraded lands by providing farmers with tree seed, technical training, and on-site planning assistance. People responded enthusiastically, joining in to save their homes and way of life.
After returning from their overseas assignments they continued what they had started, communicating by mail with rural community leaders, providing information, seeds, and training materials. After many years of informal operations, Trees for the Future was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity in Maryland on August 14, 1989. Over the years Trees for the Future has assisted thousands of communities in planting millions of trees in 19 countries including Ghana, which have restored life to land that was previously degraded or abandoned.
In the United States we value our forests for the recreational opportunities and the relief the provide for our wildlife. Recreational tourism and responsible timber harvesting also support the livelihoods of many families in regions of the US. While several of us are lucky enough to benefit from the opportunities that forests create where others in the world are not so fortunate. When considering the big picture and scaled globally, trees provide shelter, income, empowerment, opportunities for education and even save lives.
Much like the United States, trees and forest gardens in Africa provide shelter, income, empowerment, opportunities for education and even save lives. By planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can change their lives forever. Forest gardens provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and up to a 500% increase in their annual income.
With Trees for the Future, farmers in Africa learn to plan for their family’s future with food crops will help them make more money, grow more food and build a sustainable future. Each forest garden farmer learns to plant rows of nitrogen fixing trees in and along borders of their degraded land to protect the field from pests and mitigate erosion. With over 12 types of fruit trees and vegetables to plant, each farmer creates new market opportunities, income and provides food for their families.