AT BIJAGUAL: REFORESTATION EFFORTS AT THE RESERVE WAS HIGHLIGHTED DURING TECHKNOW SEGMENT WHICH AIRED ON AL JAZEERA'S NETWORK
Over four days in December 2014, entomologist Phil Torres of the program Tech Know visited Bijagual. He discussed the reforestation efforts at the Reserve with Bijagual's director and co founder as well as checked out the progress of the project a decade later. Between 2002-2003, 16,000 trees were planted in 54 acres of abandoned pasture. This area represents only 7.6 % of the total area of the Reserve, however, there are some early successional plants in the reforestation that aren't in the older forest and are important food sources for birds.
Almost two decades later in 2021, many of the trees are now more than 50 feet tall and continue to provide shade and suitable conditions to facilitate the restoration of forest habitat where there once was pasture. The reforestation also augments the amount of carbon sequestered in the reserve and reduces the isolated patches of previously unconnected slivers of forest along streams and rivers.