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Missing the Forest for the Trees

Uganda believes tree plantations are a perfect solution to the nation's deforestation crisis. Critics say planting non-native trees causes more harm than good.

As far back as people can remember, Kasozi has always been hemmed in by forests. The small town, located about 20 miles north of the Ugandan capital of Kampala, lies at the end of a dusty dirt road that snakes its way through the lush, broad-leafed foliage of the equatorial bush. For generations, Kasozi’s subsistence farmers hunted game and collected wild honey from the forests around them. But in 2005 most of…
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by: Hilary Hueler – Winter 2013


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