Haiti is plagued by widespread deforestation because its poverty-stricken population cuts down trees for fuel. According to the National Geographic, as a result "the destruction of Haiti's natural forests is almost total, making the Caribbean country one of the most deforested in the world."
The canopies of trees serve as buffers to fend off wind and rain, while the roots help keep the soil from shifting--without this vital protection, the country is at risk of even more landslides. Its rapidly depleting forests along with the recent impact of the earthquake heighten this risk.
To read more about the importance of trees and tree planting in a country such as Haiti, check out this link.
Let's all keep the people of Haiti in our prayers...