Story by Gerson Coy | Project Coordinator | Heifer Guatemala
Photo by Jaime Yovani Yat | Forestry Technician | Heifer Guatemala
Heifer Guatemala Forestry Technician Jaime Yat recently inspected a forestry nursery established by the Campesino Families Increasing Rural Productivity While Preserving the Natural Forests of Alta Verapaz (PRONATURA) project in the San Sebastian community.
Yat checked the nursery's progress and evaluated Heifer project participants' work.
The pinus maximinoi species, commonly known as the thinleaf pine, grows in the nursery. They grow quickly and usually reach a height of 49-98 feet. These trees are commonly found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
To produce healthy trees, the nursery uses a technique called tapexco, where stakes are placed around the growing seeds and hold up a protective cover made from chispa, a local fern-like plant.
Project participants worked with Yat to determine how well the seedlings were developing and discuss the right conditions for transplanting them to their permanent growing field.