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Jul 23, 2020

Get Your Free Mahogany Tree from Belize Audubon Society!

Dareece Chuc

The Belize Audubon Society’s “Greening Across Belize” is underway with the organization giving away three hundred mahogany plants. It’s an initiative that usually coincides with Earth Day in April but because of the pandemic’s State of Emergency measures, it was pushed back to July.  Today, Dareece Chuc of the Belize Audubon Society explained the initiative and how you can get your hands on our national tree, for free.


Dareece Chuc, Environmental & Communications Director, BAS

“Our Greening across Belize started with the idea of promoting living a greener lifestyle, so besides planting trees, we encourage the public to adapt best practices such as using reusable bags or just reducing your wasteful habits. So, that is how the whole idea of greening came about. But one of the popular actions that we promote during the Greening Across Belize is the planting of trees and we use our Mahogany Tree which is a symbolic tree, our national tree. We get about four hundred trees every year and they go very quickly. We leave some out at the protected areas like Guanacaste National Park and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park so that people can have easy access to trees and we have some here at our office in Belize City. You can just come by between normal work hours. We are open from Monday to Thursday to now and just ask for your tree. We normally ask people to volunteer to take a picture with their tree and tell us where you will plant that tree because those stories are important as to where the trees will end up and we try to map that so that we know where each tree ends up. We see a lot of families come by to pick up trees. As I said, it is a positive action. We might think it is a simple thing planting a tree but we know trees have so many benefits to us, in our environment and to us as humans.”


The Belize Audubon Society has three hundred mahogany trees this year – and they are going quickly. So, if you want a tree, you can visit the office in Belize City or pick up a tree from Guanacaste National Park or the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park.

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