New trees to reclaim Amazon lands
A Brazilian state intends to make cattle ranchers reforest land which they have cleared for grazing.
The government of Acre in the Amazon has established a nursery growing seedlings of species such as mahogany which they will issue to ranchers.
Ranchers may be made to reforest up to 30% of their land.
The government sees this as a vital component of its longterm aim to develop sustainable forestry as a key income generator for the state.
Seedlings of mahogany at the Rio Branco nursery