EARTH NEWS – Amazon Reforestation

New trees to reclaim Amazon lands

Locator map of Acre


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.

Mahogany seedlings.  Image: BBC

Seedlings of mahogany at the Rio Branco nursery

We see this as a model for other Amazonian states where logging is unsustainable ” Jorge Viana, Governor of Acre
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News.

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