Mexico’s Arbor Day (July 9th) will be celebrated with the first of several reforestation efforts in the Riviera Nayarit, beginning in the Texcamale area of San Vicente. The project will start at 8 a.m. and everyone is invited to participate.
The activity is organized by the Nuevo Vallarta EarthCheck Committee, which now actively includes the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Banderas Bay City Council, the Banderas Bay Tourism Trust (Fibba, by is acronym in Spanish) the Nayarit State Environmental Protection Agency (Semanay, by its acronym in Spanish) and the National Commission on Protected Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish).
“This is a project we expect to implement every year in different areas, always ensuring we plant the right species and that the area will become a strategic starting point for an increase in the benefits of the reforestation,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.
The Banderas Bay City Council has been prepping and cleaning the area for days, and will be the main donor with a total of 500 saplings. Others involved, including the region’s hotels and the private initiative, will be donating trees and ornamental plants. Schools will also participate.
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All of the trees planted are timber-yielding and are species native to the area to ensure easy adaptation; some are protected species. The ornamental greenery will be planted along Federal Highway 200.
Besides oxygen generation some of the many benefits include an increase in the soil’s ability to absorb and retain river water, which will reduce the river’s flow rate during the rainy season; the reforestation will also eventually help reduce the stifling heat.
There are two ways to get to the project area, the first via a dirt road that leads to the Ali Valle nurseries right before the San Vicente Coca Cola factory on the way to Mezcales-San Vicente; the second is via Calle Hidalgo in the town of San Vicente on the way to the Fraccionamiento La Misión.