Fondation Seguin to Plant 300,000 Trees in National Park Reforestation Project
- Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:24 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Fondation Seguin is on track to plant 300,000 trees in their reforestation program of the Parc National La Visite. The program of planting 300,000 seedlings is in memory of the 300,000 lives lost in the earthquake of January 12 2010.
Gesner Champagne, spoke to the Agence HaÃ¯tienne de Presse , saying that more than 50,000 of the shrubs have been planted so far in the 5 months of the program that is to be completed in June.
20 hectares of land have been reforested, 10,000 meters of fences erected and 15,000 fruit trees and with 20 million water bottles injected into the land. The project is being manned by the local community in a cash for work program.
Champagne noted that every citizen should make the environment their concern, not just organizations. The president of the foundation is open to dialogue with organizations and institutions working in the field to share in the experience for the good of the country.
For Mr. Champagne, continuing to develop national consciousness on the issue of deforestation is his biggest concern.
In 1983, La Visite National Park was created to reserve the land from deforestation. It has the largest collection of pine trees in the territory. It is located in southeast Haiti and culminates upwards 2.6 kilometers at its highest peak and extends wide enough to share the border with the Dominican Republic.
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Source: Agence HaÃ¯tienne de Press , flickr/USAID