Integrated watershed management and forest land use. Firewood from a hillside cleared by the destructive slash-and-burn method. The firewood will soon be used, but the forest land will take many years to reclaim. - - Over 79% of the land area of Honduras is mountainous. Hillsides cultivated without concern for future soil conservation are losing their fertility and becoming eroded through persistent slash-and-burn agriculture and the consequent destruction of forests.