Veracruz: Chainsaw Concert

In the Pico de Orizaba and Cofre de Perote national parks, an orchestra of loggers has contributed to the loss of a little more than 15 thousand hectares of forest, which represent more than 50% of the forest areas in the region. The economic resources to protect these trees have also been cut in half due to the austerity of the current federal government.

LA PERLA, Ver.- At dusk, an orchestra of chainsaws chops down hartwegii pines. Brrrumm, brrrum, brrum! The slow death of trees occurs at 4 thousand meters above sea level. The logging dulls the song of the hummingbirds within the Pico de Orizaba National Park. This raucous concert is repeated every day. In the mountain range, several brown spots remain as evidence of the wild deforestation around this inactive volcano known as Citlaltépetl.

In a tour of the towns of La Perla and Calcahualco you can see the “shaved” that the Pico de Orizaba volcano has had in municipalities of Veracruz. The residents assure that the “clearing” also reaches the peak in their Puebla municipalities. Hundreds of tree limbs, already dry, are observed on the road; they are a highly flammable material when fires occur.

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Veracruz: Chainsaw Concert