lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2015

Degradation and deforestation of tropical dry forests in western Mexico

Tropical dry forest is the natural vegetation of 
much of western Mexico

The lower lying, level areas are mostly already  
deforested for permanent agriculture

while the lower slopes are commonly used for 
shifting cultivation and temporary pastures,
resulting in degradation.

There is rapid regrowth of secondary forest  following
shifting cultivation 

but cattle are often allowed to graze freely on 
these slopes, reducing the capacity of 
the forest to regenerate. 

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