Pine Forest and Savannah Habitats in the Honduran Mosquito Coast
Areas such as these are often subjected to intense burning. However, life in the area containing pine forest and savannahs seemed adapted to cope with dry season fires. This treefern (photo to the right) that stands approximately 2 meters (6.5 feet) is once again sprouting new fronds after having been scorched in a recent forest fire.
It is interesting to note that there have been increasing numbers of forest fires in these tropical pine forest and savannahs. This is especially evident along the roadside where carelessly discarded cigarettes are often the culprit.
Stands of Carribean Pines (Pinus carribeanus) provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife. The trees in this section of pine forest (image to the left) were planted in 1983. 20 years later the replanted pines had only grown 20 feet tall. Obviously more plans are needed to insure the viability of the forest and its limited resources.
The photo above depicts the tropical savannahs that covers a considerable expanse of land south of Puerto Lempira.
Above: A transition between pine and evergreen tropical forest is present just outside of Mocorn. Aerial support roots (center and right) not only provide support for the tree, but serve as a hallmark of evergreen tropical forest.
Another view of the transition forest
An interesting variety of Medussa bromeliad that has fallen to the forest floor