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Nearly 70 beach trees scheduled for removal

Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly 70 beach pine trees in the Cancun Hotel Zone will be removed as part of the city’s control program for the casuarina.

The casuarina tree, also known as beach pine, are said to put mangroves at risk due to the allopathic and biological agents (mold) that is produced from the accumulation of dead leaves. This situation, says Jeannina Medrano Galindo, directora de Ecología en Benito Juárez, prevents the growth of native flora.

Medrano Galindo made the announcement that beginning July 26, nearly 70 of the trees are marked for removal as part of Programa de Control y Sustitución de la Casuarina. The removal of trees will be in a stretch from kilometer zero to kilometer 4 of Kukulcan Boulevard.

“The presence of casuarina in the protected areas of  the Nichupté mangrove has caused problems by gradually displacing the native vegetation of the mangrove communities. Among those are the red mangrove flower, white mangrove plant, black mangrove shrubs and mangle pinto, all listed in NOM-059-Semarnat-2010 for environmental protection,” she explained.

She added that “as a general objective, the Casuarina Control and Replacement Program in Benito Juárez will allow the restoration of areas with native vegetation and the preservation of local species, as well as the proper functioning of mangrove and coral reef systems, which will contribute directly to the maintenance of local biodiversity.”

“It is very important that citizens know what we are doing because at the end of the day we are going to be knocking down trees in a place that is quite colorful.

“It is the entrance to the hotel zone, so we have to inform the public that this is not a normal tree and does not bring benefits. On the contrary. It affects us and affects the mangrove and its growth,” she noted.

Patricia Santos González, head of the Department of Mangroves of Nichupté Protection Area of Flora and Fauna, explained that the cut trees will be used as firewood since they are not suitable for anything else such as carpentry or handicrafts due to the tree’s dry, hard nature.

Jeannina Medrano said that the action to remove the trees is in line with the National Strategy for the Care of Mangrove Ecosystems, Climate Change Strategy for Protected Areas and the National Policy on Wetlands.