According to El Diario de Hoy, a Salvadoran newspaper, satellite (GPS) analysis puts forest area in El Salvador at 15%. This is still low compared to 60% forest area in Costa Rica, and 45% forest area in Honduras. The Ministry of Agriculture (MAG) undertook the study.
The article also listed the different types of forest areas found in El Salvador:
Pine or coniferous is found in northern Morazan and northern Chalatenango. Sometimes these species mix with others.
Broad Leaf forests are the most common throughout the country. A subtype of this is the “dry forest” where shrubs can be found. Another subtype is the perennial forest.
Mangrove forests, also known as salty forests. They grow in marshes or by the shores. They make up 10% of the Salvadoran forest area.
The article was published on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 under the Business section of El Diario de Hoy.