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Reforestation project underway for state municipalities

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 24,000 trees are being planted in four state municipalities in a large reforestation project.

The National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), in coordination with the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), has begun the task of planting over 24,000 trees in various municipalities of the state that have been subject to soil degradation or deforestation.

The trees are being planted in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas and Cozumel by elements of the 34 Military Zone and the 64 Infantry Battalion of SEDENA.

The trees being planted include cedar, mahogany and ramón, which is known as yaxox in Mayan. The ramón tree has a trunk base of 3 to 5 feet and grows to heights of more than 120 feet. It produces an orange fruit that is commonly consumed by people, including the small green seed, which is called a ramón nut, Maya nut or bread nut.

The ramón tree is a very important part of the rainforest since it provides habitat and nutrition for an array of rainforest residents.