"What kind of times are they, when a talk about trees is almost a crime because it implies silence about so many horrors?" Bertolt Brecht
lunes, 4 de junio de 2007
Dry forests (Part 2): Cañoncillo
The "Cañoncillo" forest consists predominantly of prosopis pallida and is unique for its lagoons which provide enough humidity. "Cañoncillo" means Little Canyon. On this picture of Google Earth, one can see why:
It is considered a protected area, managed by the people of local communities, who use it exclusively for wood supply and forrage for their goat, sheep and cow herds. In fact, there is not much vigilance and we could hear the dry chopping sounds of axes ecoing through the woods. The signs of over-grazing are here, like almost all over the dry forests, far too evident, and it is said that the lagoons are drying because of the growing rice plantations around the forest. Still, how not to be owerwhelmed by this beauty!