This year we are planting 7,300 native timber trees into pasture land as part of an ongoing demonstration, proving that landowners CAN earn a comfortable living AND support biodiversity at the same time. Cattle ranching, aside from being a major agent of deforestation, does not support much beyond cattle and grass; native timber plantations provide income and support abundant biological diversity.
According to Reserve Manager Jordan Trujillo, “Big rains started last wednesday night (15th), and we began planting the seedlings early Thursday morning. With a full crew of seven interns and four TMA staff, we broke ground and put roots to new earth. The rains continued off and on all day and poured throughout the night. Planting continued on Friday.” Park Ranger Edilberto Marquez assembled an additional crew of Camarones community members, who joined the interns and staff on Monday the 21st. Planting will continue until all seedlings are in the ground!