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Harvesting of Naturally Fallen

26-1). In order to harvest the trees, the cooperative needs to disassemble them one by one, situating a hand-sawmill nearby to cut the tree into logs. Positioning the hand-sawmill can be difficult due to the steep terrain, and the search for a suitable location for it can take considerable time (Nebbe & Hunger, 1999, p. 26-1). Disassembling the trees also tends to be extremely time-consuming, primarily because mahogany trees typically are exceptionally large (Nebbe & Hunger, 1999, p. 26-1). The size of a tree determines how long it will take to process, and in some cases processing can take weeks to complete. After disassembling the tree, the workers must transport the logs to the distributor, which means moving it out of the forest and to a distribution point. This is accomplished either by carrying the wood out of the forest by the combined efforts of mules and workers or by floating the logs down a stream or river, an option that is only feasible during the wet season (Nebbe & Hunger, 1999, p. 26-1). Once the wood reaches the distributor, it is loaded onto trucks and transported to cities, where it is sold to furniture-makers for a profit. Due to the difficulty of accomplishing all of the steps in harvesting the wood, the cooperative cannot be considered a way of making ˘easy money.÷ Nevertheless, it does offer a


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