The Dr. Lucio C. Tan Legacy Forest Project intends to plant 15 Million seedlings over six years or 2.5M seedlings per year primarily to help address the problem of global warming. Once mature, the 15M trees shall provide multiple benefits both ecological and socio-economic such as carbon sink, livelihood, raw material supply, wildlife habitat, improved water quality and quantity, improved ecosystems services, among others. This will be achieved by planting of various species of forest and fruit trees, vegetables, root crops using the agroforestry approach and through eco-tourism.
Laguna-Quezon Land Grant
There are two areas in this project: UP Laguna-Quezon and the UP Laguna Land Grants. The central nursery in Laguna-Quezon has ongoing operations. It is where the seeds and wildlings are collected, sowed/germinated; and where the seedlings are maintained (watering, weeding, spacing, culling). There are 4 active nurseries at the U.P. Laguna-Quezon land grant:
- Nursery 1 – 77,851 indigenous seedlings
- Nursery 2 & 3 – 202,815 indigenous seedlings
- Nursery 4 – 473,412 seedlings
- The seedling inventory totals approximately 754,078 seedlings.
The species include:
- Anchoan Dilaw
- Acacia Mangium
- Babaysakan (Philippine Oak)
- Lipote, Wild Lipote
- Palong Maria
- Bolong Eta
- White Lauan
- Palawan Cherry
In the UP Laguna-Quezon land grant, the following plantation activities are done regularly: lay-outing, strip brushing and staking, hauling of seedlings, hole-digging, planting. On the other hand, the activities are the same in the UP Laguna land grant but instead of planting, the activity is out-planting. As of December 31, 2014, up to two hundred forty (240) hectares of land has been planted with approximately one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) seedlings. The foundation ensures that the activities are well planned, well organized, and the field workers are briefed regularly. In addition to planting activities the foundation also helps in the minor road repairs to ease transportation of seeds and equipment.
Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
Workers are busy at the nursery, collecting seeds and wildlings, sowing and germinating seeds, and watering, weeding, spacing and culling the seedlings. Species being planted in this region include: Narra, Acacia mangium, Anchoan dilaw, and Ipil-ipil. As of December 31, 2014, approximately 350,000 potted seedlings have been produced, while 200,000 polybags potted with soil have been prepared.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” Dr. Lucio C. Tan, thru the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc., treasures the forests and the environment and will tirelessly support reforestation projects in the future.