With the readily available seedlings and promise of cash, we planted more gmelina but we observed that almost nothing was growing underneath them. As the gmelina grow their crown, we observed decreased yields in our crops, such as coffee and beans. We waited for the trees to be big enough for timber, then we cut them, removed the roots and replaced them with trees that we have found in our land since time immemorial.
By 2015, the diverse trees were restored. We also realised that, during the years that gmelina were abundant, some birds had left our territories. When the native trees were restored, we observed the return of the birds.