Almond Tree Program

Tortuguero’s almond trees are a valuable resource for wildlife and people alike. They provide food and shelter for a plethora of animals, including the great green macaw. This endangered bird relies solely upon wild almond trees for mating and nesting sites, and the tree’s fruit is one of the bird’s major sources of food. But almond trees are also prized for the premium lumber they yield, which is very dense and resistant to termites. Unfortunately, illegal logging has greatly reduced the populations of this slow-growing tree.

Efforts are underway to protect wild almond trees in preserves, establish seedling nurseries, and reforest areas previously logged. The Oxford Society has helped by “purchasing” almond trees before they can be sold for lumber and by helping to reforest areas with young almond seedlings. We also have included information about wild almond trees in community- and school-based environmental education programs.

Planting Mountain Almond Trees at La Quinta de Sarapiqui