“Haiti shares an island with the Dominican Republic, of course. If you look at this island on a satellite map, you will see that the Dominican Republic is green but Haiti has very little green. This is because Haiti has no trees. The reason for this is that wood is the primary source of fuel for the people.” –Bob Hansen, missionary.
“Almost all of the country’s problems—natural disasters, food shortages, poverty—can be traced back to rampant deforestation,” says Ethan Budiansky, the Caribbean-programs officer at Trees for the Future, a nonprofit group that is planting thousands of trees in the mountains around Gonaïves. “So if we want to fix the country, we have to start there.”