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Cooperativa Agroforestal Guadalupe Limitada

The Cooperativa Agroforestal Guadalupe Limitada is located in the Municipality

of Yuscarán in the Department of El Paraiso. Yuscarán is located 70 km southeast of the

capital city, Tegucigalpa. The cooperative was founded in 1974 when COHDEFOR

technicians proposed an agroforestry cooperative for the inhabitants of four villages:

Laínez, Los Tablones, El Zarzal, and Cordoncillo. With the exception of Los Tablones,

all of these communities are over one hundred years old. Many of the original

inhabitants were former workers for the numerous mines which operated in the Yuscarán

region beginning in the eighteenth century. The cooperative was assigned approximately

3,000 hectares on national forest land. The forest was young secondary growth and some

low-quality remnant pine trees (Pinus oocarpa Schiede) remaining from extensive

logging done in the area during the 1950s and 1960s. During that period, there was a

sawmill owned by a foreign company located in Los Tablones. The cooperative began

with 30 members and currently has 140 members. The cooperative only tapped resin for

most of its history, and it enjoyed stability and success. With this success, the group was

able to contribute to projects in the communities and offer its members additional

benefits. Between 2000 and 2003, the cooperative lost 35% of its forest area to pine bark

beetle (Dendroctonus frontinalis) infestations.

Cooperativa Agroforestal Villa Santa Los Trozos

The Cooperativa Agroforestal Villa Santa Los Trozos is located in the

Municipality of Danlí, which is also in the Department of El Paraiso. Danlí and Villa

Santa are located in the far eastern portion of El Paraiso close to the border with


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