Juárez kids back park reforestation efforts

Juarez residents sign their names to a banner in support of National Reforestation Week. (Photo courtesy city of Juarez)

City to get 2,200 mesquite, acacia trees

Rio Grande Digital

To observe National Reforestation Week in Juárez, children and officials signed their names on Sunday to a banner and marched in support of the program, according to a city news release.

The event took place in the city’s sprawling Chamizal Park.

Juarez residents march with a banner in support of National Reforestation Week. (Photo courtesy city of Juarez)

Dozens of children lined up to lend their names to the city’s environmental improvement campaign. Each signature was a pledge to plant at lease one tree in the park. The city planted 150 trees in the morning. In all, 2,200 new trees — native, drought-tolerant acacias and mesquites — will be planted there.

Reforestation plans for the state of Chihuahua call for the planting of 170,000 trees in Juarez and seven other municipalities statewide.

The social reforestation program is part of a complex process of restoration and recovery of soils in some cases, on land affected by recent wildfires, such as  in the city Madera.

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