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Activities (Japan)

Seed Planting School

Sakhalin spruce, Mongolian oak and walnuts too. Saplings raised from seeds thrive in this northern land.

From the forests of our own Hokkaido, we were able to collect seeds and seedlings that had only just germinated, grow them into saplings, and deliver them to the Furano Seed Planting School and the Ashibetsu Greening Committee. Through these activities, we help create forests that match their vegetative environments. Thanks to your support, we returned part of a former golf course to forest. In the future, we aim to create a system that can be sustained by the people of the region and take new steps forward. Thank you for your support.

The sea is longing for the Forest: Planting trees to protect the sea

Dissemination of information through Tree Planting Festivals and social media has widened the scope of activities.

This is an initiative to convey the importance of environmental conservation by realizing the links between forests, communities and ocean. Last year, we held an annual Tree Planting Festival as well as actively disseminating information. By frequently updating our website and Facebook pages and producing videos, we substantially increased opportunities for this initiative to be taken up in TV programs, magazines and other media. From now on, we will continue awareness-boosting activities, both in the realm of real world experience and web-based information.

The C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland and growing forests in Higashi Matsushima

Devastated woods, woods neglected after earthquake. Restored and regenerated by human hands.

In the Afan Woodland, thinning mainly the Quercus serrata forest promoted the growth of the trees and the understory vegetation. Thinnings weighing 15 tons were removed and used as chips for smoking foods and as mushroom cultivation logs. And in the Higashi Matsushima forests we held four workshops. We carried out forest maintenance with a total of more than 100 people. Through regular activities at two locations, we are cultivating the forest while also fostering ecological awareness.

Working with horses to preserve the Tsuru satoyama (village forest)

Cutting makes the forest healthy. Thinnings used as firewood.

Forests that are not properly tended cannot demonstrate their true CO2 absorption capacity. In the satoyama (village forest) here in Tsuru, growing healthy trees able to absorb plenty of CO2 means thinning the forest to let in sufficient quantities of light. The thinnings were carried off the mountain using horses and utilized as firewood. Thanks to the support received, we successfully reached our goal and completed the project. Thank you for your support.

Returning the coastal forest of Kujukuri Beach to its pre-disaster state

A high level of participation by Chiba residents. Afforestation activities firmly rooted in the region.

Along the Kujukuri Beach, the sand-break forest off the coast of Hasunuma-Tonoshita was particularly badly damaged by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Great Earthquake. The afforestation activity here began with the removal of the trees left flattened by the tsunami. Taking advice from disaster-prevention forest experts and arborists, we marked out planting positions, planted trees and set up bamboo fences to protect the young trees from the strong salt winds. The participation of the local people played a central role.

Protecting and regenerating the forests of the Mount Fuji world heritage site

Forest thinned and undergrowth cut by volunteers. Planted trees growing strongly.

We are carrying out two initiatives aimed at regenerating the beautiful Mt. Fuji forests. Work to grow broadleafs in Fujinomiya City, which began in 2012, ran into unforeseen weather, though undergrowth cutting and ivy removal were completed as scheduled. As part of the second initiative - the Nishiusuzuka Agreement Forest cultivation activities that began in 2016 - we also thinned Nikko firs. These activities were supported by Eco Cardholders.

A ten-year coastal forest regeneration plan

Black pines raised from seedlings reach 3 meters. Coastal forests are growing stronger every day.

The coastal forest lost as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake is mostly regenerating. In particular, the survival rate two months after our planting is 99.8%, a record high. One reason is the high quality of the seedling cultivation; the awarding of a Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize for the seedlings was reported in the media. The project is attracting a high level of attention, as indicated by an inspection visit by the Vice Minister for Reconstruction. We will advance initiatives to increase the number of younger participants in the future.

Satoyama preservation by local residents in Kamiyama

Using light equipment for thinning to maintain the satoyama (village forest) while interacting with locals.

This project started from clearing out fallen trees and debris in what was neglected forest to make a square where people could gather. And thinning was carried out to revive the satoyama (village forest). Because the ground was sloping, we could not use heavy machinery, but overcame the problem by using light equipment instead. Someone came up with the idea of using the thinnings to make Finnish saunas.

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