Almost all forest fires in the tropics are started by humans, and we are sure that the fires which burned hundreds of hectares of brush and forest on the sides of the Masaya Volcano were no exception. In fact, someone was caught setting fires, although catching someone does not return the great losses caused in nature. It was a severe dry season, so the elements were especially susceptible to a forest fire.
This weekend, FUNDECI/GAIA participated in a tree-planting activity in Volcano Masaya National Park, and here are some photos which depict the activity. Volunteers came from all directions, and together, we planted about one hundred stakes which will, hopefully, become trees. Special thanks to Apoyo Spanish School student Elizabeth Loudon for doing her part!
|The Masaya Volcano is smoking behind the reforestation volunteers. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Trees were planted from cut stakes. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Burned areas are all around! Ilse plants a Sacuanjoche tree. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|More stakes arrive foor planting. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Environmental volunteers arrive. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|The Volcano Masaya crater gapes behind Elizabeth. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Natasha digs like a pro. Reforestation volunteers came from Carazo, Managua, Nindiri, Masaya, and Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|The reforestation volunteers were enthusiastic! Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Volunteers for the reforestation project came from Masaya, Nindiri, Managua, and Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.|
|The ash from the fire is evident around the hole dug by these volunteers. Photo by Jeffrey McCrary.|
|Our contribution was small, but these reforestation volunteers are happy to have participated! Photo Lenin Medina.|
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