Puerto Rico's Rainforest

April 2005
Earthwatch Institute Journal;2005 Research & Exploration Guide, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p85
The article focuses on Puerto Rico's rainforest. The World Resources Institute estimates that each year 13.7 million hectares of tropical forest are cut down, with drastic consequences for biodiversity and local economic sustainability. Sally Silver stone and Mark Nelson are testing a new way to harvest rainforest trees by mimicking nature. They plant tree seedlings in each line, and then harvest trees a year or two later without disturbing the surrounding forest. The first thing needed to learn is how to recognize mahogany and mahoe trees even very small ones.


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