A decade of errors, over one million tons of 'top soil' thrown in the 12 acres, eroded by rainstorms during 2002-2003, tens of mutilated trees
by the Olmec wife. These blindfolded fools in charge, with elephantine egos,( one has more academic tittles than the Duchess of Alba, AAM Phd), all in research, but, Alberto Areces Mallea who never planted a damn bean in Cuba, is a de facto superintendent in the park, along with his aboriginal Olmec wife, Gabriela Ocampo. He put aside, this good Samaritan, a 'prestigious' career in cacti research to be that, a super and funds beggar. Between the two, over 600,000 USA dollars have been paid in salaries, for a decade.
What you are about to read is all the things they choose to forget, in addition of not doing an inventory of FLORA/FAUNA or soil analysis
as any serious professional in forest restoration would have done, before destroying the grounds.
Serious students. researchers, critics as yours truly, on these issues expect/demand an inventory of the trees planted. It should be available in the web, or any photos of before and after, Integrated Pest Management programs, soil erosion, measurements of the tress to determine progress, records of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides,
fungicides used, year by year. Most relevant, percentage of the original total soil acreage converted to paved roads/paths, concrete structures.... and so forth...Percentage of the money wasted in TREES, salaries, perks like a free vehicle, gasoline and else...But it is not happening.
Botany for Gardeners
The progress of a plant's growth is a summation of its responses to separate, but interacting components of the environment in which it is living. The plant may be favored with adequate water and optimum temperatures but be limited in its ability to photosynthesize by inadequate illumination, perhaps because of shading from taller plants or buildings. Another plant may receive full sunlight, plentiful irrigation and sufficient fertilizer, but still not express its growth potential because prevailing temperatures are too high or too low. Even if climatic and soil conditions are ideal, stunting may occur because pathogenic fungi or predatory insects have invaded the plant. Microorganisms and animals are, indeed environmental factors to be reckoned with. Other life forms, being ordained components of habitats occupied by plants exercise both beneficial and harmful effects, as do temperature rainfall, sunlight, etc
It become obvious that out of a host of interacting environmental factors only one need challenge a plant's tolerance in order to limit its growth. The greater the number of unfavorable conditions, acting in concert, the more profound the effect.
That is why, in nature, where so many variables are at work, plants rarely reach their full potential. Happily, in a garden, one has the opportunity to improve on a few factors limiting plant development and, consequently, to cultivate larger, healthier specimens than usually occur in the wild.
What was the modus operandi of our culprits? They would travel,
lets say to Guayanilla, to the 1,000 acres of their water and salt, quixotesque aeolic farm accomplice, picked up some trees out of the ground, planted them in five gallon pots, bringing them to Trujillo Alto, to be transplanted later.
What is wrong with this picture?
Guayanilla is mostly SAND, almost
a desert with thirty inches or less of rain. Trujillo Alto is caliche, a type of clay, hard as rock. When you dig a hole and it rains, it gets
filled up to the rim, drainage is almost zero, with and average of almost a hundred inches of rain a year. Are you following? Back to the studio.
Plants generally die when too many limiting factors overwhelm their physiological capabilities for survival. Or, on the other hand, they may simply succumb to "old age" processes, principally to a genetically programmed deterioration of cells and tissues, called senescence (Latin, "to grow old"). Once this
process has been initiated, even the best care cannot save a plant
. In annual species, senescence, takes place within one year of growth; in biennals, in the second year.
In perennial species, senescence of a localized nature occurs in older organs before they die and are discarded, it takes many years before the process finally consumes the entire organism.
I am not blowing any whistle, all is public domain. It has appeared before in endemismotrasnochado, and siamese blogs. I have evidence,
a journal and photos regarding this scam and environmental/biodiversity destruction.
The environmental cause has immense possibilities, loopholes for money laundering, as Parque Donha Ines and the FLMM show and clearly insinuated here.. The amount of dollars mentioned in the first sentence is significant, let the record show, that at least one third of all the money came from Doral, Banco Popular and many others likewise institutions. Open the books. 'Stand up and fight back, you have nothing to lose.'
La paz este con vosotros.. ... Apaga y vamonos....
Sopla Bairoa....una vez mas...ReplyDelete
Interesting discussion Antigonum. I was not aware of the plant species issue. But it makes perfect sense to plant species that are tolerant of the final location soil conditions and use.ReplyDelete
The story with the top soil is sad, not because of the erosion part, but because I have observed similar practices in different construction sites and landscaping projects.
I once inspected a project site in Vieques that was not provided with proper drainage channels and the runoff generated deep channels on the embankments that were two to three feet deep. All the top soil was washed away in about two months. Instead of making a proper drainage conveyance they thought it was cheaper to bring more truckloads of top soil from a nearby farm.
Current design standards stimulate the use of proper slope on the embankments, energy dissipation devices (that may even include the use of large rocks and wooden debris to redirect the waters)and even geotextile covers to do precisely that, retain the soil on site until a vegetative cover is established.
What is most amazing is that 007 Recursos Naturales regularly dropped by to make sure they comply? Believe it or not.ReplyDelete
Check this out. Areces Mallea and Gabriela Ocampo did not build an irrigation system for the nursery.
Nor they thought of building one for the Parque Donha Ines. Since the monthly water bill running on the thousands was a heavy load on the Fundacion Luis Munhoz Marin, after many complaints...Areces Mallea got a permit from the accomplices 007 to build a
well from the plenty of subterranean waters
in the ground.
These clowns used water hoses to irrigate
acres of trees. Often 300 hundred feet and more of hoses from a faucet in the LMMF.