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Maya Train project will see the transplant of 22,000 trees

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) says approximately 22,000 trees will need to be transplanted to make room for the Maya Train. The agency says the trees to be moved, which are part of The Tree Transport Program, are located along the Federal 307 highway.

The trees chosen for relocation will be transferred to sites in urban areas of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Sites where additional trees are needed will be chosen, thus, those green areas will improve.

Fonatur details that the program plans to relocate 3,819 to other areas of the state while 16,360 will be sent to nurseries to be cared for. In this first stage of relocation, 1,765 medium trees, 1,273 large trees and 781 palms will be moved, which are located on the right of way where the Maya Train project will be carried out.

Fonatur indicated that with the subsequent actions of reforestation and implementation of this program, there will be an improvement in the diversity and tree density, since native species will be planted, with which there will be species with greater resilience to the soil and hydro-meteorological conditions of the region.

During the relocation and reforestation processes, Fonatur will be accompanied by the Asociación Mexicana de Arboricultura (AMA), a group involved in the extraction, transfer, planting and maintenance of trees.

The AMA assures an 80 percent success rate in the individual survival rate of trees. Monitoring will continue until the sustainability of each is assured.

Fonatur says they will work in coordination with the corresponding authorities for which it signed a collaboration agreement with the city councils of Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad.