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Walking through Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve in Toledo District, Belize by Sayuri Tzul/ Ya’axché

Visiting Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. The University of Tennessee students visited Belize’s first community agroforestry concession. While enjoying the nature, the group learn about the sustainable agricultural practices to harvest cacao and other annual crops such as vegetables and corn within the concession. They also go to see different medicinal herbs and plants along the trails and spot different wildlife. A highlight of the trip was the sighting of wild scarlet macaws, these birds are critically endangered across its region due to illegal wildlife trade. The work of farmers within the agroforestry concession has helped to protect forests which now provides a safe home to these birds and many other wildlife.