Erosion along the banks of Riviere Marcelle in Gros Morne.
Haitian painting is rich in brilliant colors, whimsical scenes, and
joyous tones. The richness is particularly manifest in the abundant paintings of jungle scenes. With their majestic trees clothed in thick foliage, tigers, lions, and giraffes, these images could have come straight out of
Since Ms. Bell wrote her book, many of the birds have disappeared. I recall talking to an older man in our clinic who told me that when he was a boy,
Wildlife has almost disappeared from
If you take the dirt road north out of Gros Morne and travel along the Riviere Marcelle, you will see the devastating effects of erosion. Wide cliffs have cut into the river bank; if fact, part of the town has dropped off the edge into the river (see photo). But further upriver, you come upon an incredible sight: a small mountain (Tet Mon) dense with trees.
Hiking up Tet Mon
“It’s not technically a forest yet, but it will be shortly. We have acquired a number of acres on the far side of the mountain, and will expand planting soon. Then, it will be a real forest,” says Sr. Pat Dillon, who with her determined Haitian colleagues developed this reforestation project. The program began in 1999, with the development of a nursery to grow seedlings, and when they were robust enough, they were planted strategically on the mountainside. The program was supported by Haiti Reborn, a non-profit based in
Tet Mon now has more than 250,000 pine, eucalyptus, mahogany, and indigenous trees covering the mountain. In fact, the forest can be seen in photos from Google earth. The nursery has also expanded to grow hundreds of thousands of seedlings each year which are distributed to the neighboring communities to control erosion along the entire watershed. The program (named the
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Sister Pat Dillon at the rest area on top of Tet Mon