Harvesting Reforestation Lumber in Pueblo Verde
Before Pueblo Verde, the land that would become our homesites, gardens and orchards was part of a lumber-species reforestation project. The previous owners took advantage of a rich market for lumber by planting fast-growing species that could later be cut, milled and sold.
Here at Pueblo Verde we encourage homeowners to use the reforestation pochote and gmelina (pronounced meh-lee-na) in their homes and carpentry projects. By taking out these currently dominant species we make room for more native and fruit trees that bring shade, fruit, habitat for animals, and add diversity to our forest.
In keeping with this vision of a healthy forest as well as more affordable lumber for projects, Craig from Lot 13, cut down a large gmelina tree that threatened power lines and the community well due to a disease that was rotting part of the trunk. Now the majority of the tree can be milled into valuable lumber to be used in projects around the community.