Dry season deforestation

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical dry forest
Human impacts Deforestation; Pasture
Conservation Habitat loss
Lessons Habitat loss
Date 1988
Location Road to Monteverde,Puntarenas,Costa Rica,North America

Deforested hillsides during dry season, Costa Rica. This hillside was probably deforested about 50 years before this photograph was taken, and for much of the time since, the land was used as cattle pasture. This image was taken during the five month long dry season, when little or no rain falls. During the rainy season, the landscape looks green and lush. The highest ridges in the region, which are just visible in the upper left corner of the image, still support a lot of intact cloud forest. These forests are bathed in mist during the dry season.