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Re: First "rain"......

Posted by Dorrie on May 31, 2008, 10:12 am, in reply to "Re: First "rain"......"

Yes, Helga, the tropical storms may really make the difference in a changing climate. If the hills are reforested so that runoff is absorbed and clouds are caught over the cooler heights then we will benefit even more from those rain storms. The point is to keep the water table high enough to reach the tree roots. And keep that old aquifer slow runoff maximizes water retention.

The Ejido has won a big 5yr. grant from CONAFOR (sec. of forests) to make a sustainability plan for the whole ejido area,and manage their land for the long term. I believe it will include some reforestation. I only hope they follow through.

The area most needing reforestation is Los Ingenios, which has lost huge areas of cover, causing the main source of water for the mangrove to run dry. Now that the mangrove has international protection under RAMSAR - since 2-3 weeks ago - there will be a plan of remedial action made and funded. Again, reforestation may be part of this, if the Los Ingenios Ejido wants to participate.

If there are more and stronger tropical storms we'll need to be organized to respond to emergencies...or have a network of neighbourhood support so everyone is safe from the winds and floods. Even the DOGS and CATS yes?


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