San Francisco Chronicle: Besieged forest saved by users in Guatemala

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December, 2001
The San Francisco Chronicle

Against a lush, green landscape of trees wrapped in crawling vines, men in cowboy hats stand smoking cigarettes next to piles of perfectly stacked cedar and mahogany.

They are not loggers from a timber company but villagers from Carmelita, 58 miles from here. In a break from traditional conservation policy, a concession granted by the Guatemalan government allows the villagers to extract timber from 132,880 acres of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, the country’s largest protected area.

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