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Highway tree removal for Cancun Maya Train route half complete

Last updated on July 18, 2021

Cancun, Q.R. — The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) reports 50 percent progress in the relocation and transplantation of trees located in the central median of the Cancun to Tulum Federal Highway. The agency says the trees are being removed to make way for tracks for the upcoming Maya Train.

The agency says that to date, about 10,000 trees have been uprooted and transferred to public spaces in the municipalities of Puerto Morelos, Benito Juárez and Solidaridad where they will be permanently placed.

Pablo Rubio, Environmental Liaison of Section 5 said “to date, the movement of trees is progressing according to plan from Cancun to Tulum. We have made good progress and the regulations and adequate management plans for this project are being complied with. In addition to the fact that each of the trees are georeferenced from their previous location to where they were relocated.”

He pointed out that in the case of Cancun, the rescued trees have been replanted in Puerto Juárez and along Tulum Avenue as well as other public spaces. Likewise, along Kukulcán Boulevard of the hotel zone, more than 440 palms and 330 trees were planted in the areas that were impacted by the last hurricanes.

He indicated that other cities such as Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen have also benefited from the replanting of trees in avenues and urban spaces, while others that were small have been transferred to nurseries where they will be provided with the care they require while they wait to transplant them to other green areas.

He added that during this process, Fonatur is working in collaboration with hotel groups such as Xcaret, Bahía Príncipe, Grupo Vidanta and Hotel Barceló, among other developments located in Riviera Maya, to rescue the trees located along the central median right of way.

Fonatur says the Tree Transplant Program is part of the road maintenance of the preparatory works for the railway project that contemplates the rescue of just over 20,000 trees in Quintana Roo with an 80 percent survival rate.

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