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Volunteers work with local companies to replant 250 of the felled trees

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Companies, citizens and civil organizations gathered along the Puerto Morelos-Playa del Carmen highway to replant trees that were illegally cut down earlier in July.

Dozens of people spread themselves out along the stretch of highway to reforest the meridian where more than 300 healthy trees were felled without reason July 11.

Volunteers managed to replant 250 of the lost trees along the highway. Rafael Reynoso Valdez of the Mexican Association of Arboriculture says that the planted trees include ceiba, mahogany, ramón and pericote among others, all native to the region.

He says that in coming weeks, they intend to plant the remaining balance. “We made the call and within a week, organizations and companies helped us.”

Liane Ake Sierra, member of the organization Jáal Káab Náab, said that around 50 people participated in the replanting of the trees.

“We made the calls and within a week, organizations and companies like ABC helped us, associations like Water Sentinels, AMA, Xcaret and many volunteers.”

On July 11, more than 300 healthy trees outside Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen were discovered macheted at their base including cedars, ceibas and palms. The felled trees were inside the highway median that runs between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. No one has taken responsibility for the cuttings.

However, civil associations and government agencies filed complaints, vowing legal action in the event they ever find those responsible for cutting the trees.