Thursday is the kickoff for an eight-year project to restore native species of trees to Parque La Sabana.
This is a project promoted by Scotia Bank and supported by a number of environmental organizations, such as Preserve the Planet.
Park officials for years have been talking about the need to remove the existing trees, mostly fast-growing eucalyptus and cypress. The mature trees are now considered a danger because some are diseased and some are dead.
Parque La Sabana used to be the nation’s international airport. Now it is referred to as the lungs of the city.
Work already has started to dig holes to plant trees. The 3,000 existing trees eventually will be taken down.
The project has been subjected to extensive study by experts and has been discussed for years.