Moravia plans to convert its park to tropical forest

he Municipalidad de Moravia says it will convert the canton’s central park into a tropical forest.

The project has the support of the Colegio de Ingenieros Agrónomos and the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz.

The park already has been cleared, and today, U.N. World Environment Day, the first trees will be planted, said the municipality. That will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the participation of students from the Colegio IPI.

Cortez Negro, Lorito, Guanacaste, Roble, Uruca and Nance are among the native species that will be planted, the municipality said.

The municipality and the agricultural engineers envision a forest of three levels. The taller trees will shelter the medium height trees, and there will be shrubs in the lower area, the municipality said. The medium height trees are those that will provide food for the birds, butterflies and other animals that are expected to be attracted to the tropical forest. Nance, for example, produces a fruit.

Also in the Central Valley and also in honor of World Environment day, workers will be planting 100 new trees in Parque la Sabana.

This is the area known as the lungs of San José.

Volunteers from Walmart, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarril and Scotiabank will do the planting. There has been a multi-year effort to remove invasive species from the park and replace them with native trees.

The trees being planted today are ron ron, uruca, targuá, chaperno and iguano.

So far more than 2,000 trees have been planted and more than 1,300 have been replaced, organizers said.

Today will be the second planting session of a scheduled eight this year.

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