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Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island is one of the world’s natural wonders and a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. Hardwood trees were harvested here decades ago, leaving some areas denuded. This long-term, multi-university project will initiate the immediate and continuous planting of the island's endangered species of hardwood trees through the reforestation and conservation of the Volcano Maderas and River Istian areas of the Maderas Nature Reserve. Your project is part of a larger effort to be accomplished through:
• Coordinating with local government officials and property owners in ecologically sensitive areas to obtain consent, permission and above all cooperation to set aside sections of private and public lands for reforestation and conservation;
• Work with educators, local leaders and students to create an Aboreal Awareness Campaign to replace current local farming and cultural practices with a sustainable paradigm of strategic cutting combined with reforestation efforts.