Mexico’s Experimentation With Community-Based Forestry


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Can Community-Based Logging Fight Climate Change?

In Mexico, conservationists hope sustainable logging can provide jobs, protect the habitat and keep carbon from the atmosphere.

By Gabriel Popkin

On a sweaty October day in a dense, vine-laden forest near the town of Noh-Bec, Mexico, in the Yucatán Peninsula, a dozen American and Mexican conservation scientists bounce in the back of a truck headed down a narrow, rutted track of red mud. After a bone-jarring hour, the road widens. Teams of men haul logs from the forest and saw them into pieces, which they will later saw into lumber or carve into Popsicle sticks, feeding slash into furnaces to make charcoal. The truck stops, and the …

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