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[16 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

The Maya of Belize have depended upon rosewood for thousands of years, selectively harvesting the beautiful timber in a sustainable manner from forests near their villages for a range of uses, from traditional marimbas and other musical instruments, to the sturdy posts that support their homes. With overseas markets such as China putting more demand on a limited supply of the slow growing trees, the Maya need all the help they can get.