(CMR) More than 85 indigenous trees were removed from a plot of land being prepared for development over the weekend.
Participants in the Caribbean Tree Planting Project joined with Protect Our Future students from various schools to remove the trees, including Red Birch, Mahogany, Broad Leaf, Mango, and Silver Thatch.
The team worked with members of the National Trust, including Environmental Coordinator Cathy Childs to identify key trees and remove them with care so that the species could be preserved and propagated on other properties.
Students, who participated, said they would like to see more developers reach out to local farmers and community members before simply bulldozing lands.
According to a release from the CTPP, the students believe that “a more sustainable model for clearing Cayman land should be enacted and enforced.”
Several of the students, including the Cayman ambassadors of the Project, Yasmin Elise, Marleigh Smith, and Matt Gilmour, coordinated the event to educate other youth and to obtain donated trees that can be planted at local schools, churches, and businesses.
“Projects such as these can help make Cayman more sustainable and also help mitigate climate change. Every time a piece of land is cleared, we lose important species that are part of our heritage and culture. By protecting our trees, we protect our future,” CTPP stated.