Many people are interested in reforesting Haiti, but the effort has been historically elusive for several different reasons. One such reason concerns that fact that much of the rural Haitian countryside is densely populated and efforts to reforest some areas would require the forced displacement of families from their ancestral lands.
A more successful strategy in Haiti has been the promotion and improvement of agroforestry systems--arrangements that combine crops, animals and trees, and permit Haitians to remain on their land. Several anthropologists have been closely involved with the research, design, and implementation of tree planting or tree management projects in Haiti.
Recent research suggests that approximately one-third of the surface of Haiti enjoys arboreal coverage, along a gradient from forests to areas of widely spaced trees. This revelation requires further inquiry into future tree planting or reforestation efforts in Haiti.
To learn more about research and applied work in tree planting, agroforestry, reforestation, soil restoration, conservation, ethnobotany, watershed management, and many other topics in ecology and environment in Haiti, please visit the blog of anthropologist Andrew Tarter, (www.AndrewTarter.com).
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