Pictured below are seedlings which had been
Pictured below are seedlings which had been germinated byBJ Institute professionals. Techniques for grooming the tree seedlings had been underway from 1995 through 2001. Germination of the Zericotte seeds requires an extra long warm period and follow on care of the seedlings and the trees. Beautiful growths result. From this work, we know growing one tree has a thousand-to-one payoff probability, an economic asset highly needed by the Guatemalan society.
military personnel take instructions on how to set seedlings so their
would grow straight down and receive the most water during critical
months of each tree’s life. An immense number of man-months of
work were contributed.
This showed the military personnel they could play useful roles in
Seedlings for the Reforestation Project: Summer-Fall 2000
Logistical achievements required daily
organization. Due diligence had to be used for BJ
Institute personnel to
achieve these feats. BJ
Institute personnel asked Petén
Governor Adán Regalado and
José City Mayor Julian Tesucun to foster these efforts by giving
the approval to proceed. Outside investors helped by underwriting expenses. The
21 Commandant of the Guatemala Military joined the project anticipating
his personnel would be favorably received by the Sayaxche
repatriated and resettled
after the 36-year
Civil War. This adhered with the 1996 Peace Accords.
Census data does not tell us what portion of returning Sayaxche
indigenous people were
actually being monitored by the United Nations as per the 1996 Peace
this event pictured to the left below, Terrisita Casanova, the Melchor
Mencos Mayor next door
to the Camp met with Chiefs of the National Civil Police (PNC), Kaibil
from La Polvora Military Camp,
and Captain Cohjonc then in charge of civilian affairs as they related
Military. This reforestation program was inaugurated about the time
Mitch hit (November 1998). In fact, the rains from that storm helped
seedlings take root and survive until today. Needless to say the
Military, which had been criticized
from all sides gained a positive new image, showing what they could do in
 These are Elite Special Forces of the Guatemala Military who in the Civil War were the assassins. Samuel Bruce was accepted by these troops; this happened because Bruce went through their training courses between 1995 and 1999. La Polvara Military Camp is located between Melchor and Flores, at KM 88 and one of the BJ Institute reforestation sites is found close by.
To the left you see
three agencies were recognized as
leaders supporting the “Save Laguna del Tigre Park
Wildlife Protection Service (SEPRONA), the Guatemala Military and
Natural Resources Guards (CONAP) Foto
Prensa Libre: Rigoberto Escobar (
November 6, 2000, Mr. Bruce was faced with the
“vote of troubled residents of New San Jose.” By their
actions, the citizens took
aim at work by BJ Institute. But they disrupted the good will of the
In 2003 and 2004, the Guatemala government, including the military, showed they benefited from their experience with the Model Reforestation Project. They were invited in February 2004 to take part in the Laguna del Tigre reforestry program, a sector of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Northwest Guatemala.
The Maya Biosphere Reserve is found in Petén, Guatemala. The Las Guacamayas Biological Field Station lies within the buffer zone of the 1.6 million Hectare Maya Biosphere reserve in Petén’s northern region. The Biosphere Reserve includes five national parks, three biotopes and a multiple-use area – Laguna del Tigre and Tikal. In accord with the agreements set forth by the United Nations peace monitoring accord, cutting is controlled to keep properties found in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
As of August 2006, dialoguemaker affiliates have a very limited involvement with the work referred to.
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