(The one in the middle-right, below, has sprouted.)
Sad to say as we cleared we found that many of the existing coconut trees are damaged or don't have good root systems. When a coconut, which is just a big seed, falls and then grows right where it falls, much of the root system is above ground and in the early years of the tree's life any wind will bend it sideways, further lessening its hold on soil and life.
Although we didn't remove those trees as we cleared, we recognize their lives are in jeopardy. The fact is not only did we not remove a single viable coconut tree we've planted additional trees: more than two hundred to date with nearly a thousand more to sprout and plant.