During a recent visit to Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, the Legacy Forest team met with local private landowners who initiated reforestation efforts not only to protect their own property but also to help the community to preserve the environment.
The team was impressed with the result of the private reforestation project of Mang Amor Curamen who proudly showed his backyard mini-forest with tall mahogany trees that were planted 20 years ago. He said that these trees will protect him and his neighbors from flashfloods and help bring in the cool mountain wind that keeps them refreshed in hot weather. Nearby, he has also continued to tend to both ornamental and vegetable gardens with his children.—Editor
Guide to good reforestation In reforestation planning and developing a reforestation strategy, you might: n Consider the value of reforestation through natural regeneration of residual and suppressed understory trees; n Improve planting stock and fertilizer to boost survival and yield, and at the same time reduce pest management problems and animal browse; n Protect seedling against damage from pests /rodents through tree species choice, tree guards, fencing and repellents; n Develop an integrated pest management strategy suitable for the size and intensity of your forestry operation. Be sure to obtain any permits necessary for site preparation and pest management (burning, pesticides, etc.) If you plan on planting, make sure to order your seedlings ahead of time. Inspect the ordered seedlings prior to lifting and shipment.
Other reforestation tips and guidelines: n Reforest with trees appropriate for the growing site and management objectives. n If planting, employ good quality seedling stock and ensure good storage and handling. n Take reasonable steps to protect the reforested areas from damage by fire and pests. n Employ remedial measures such as fill planting, brushing and other silviculture techniques as necessary. n If using pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, follow directions on product labels and relevant regulations. n Isolate fertilizer from watercourses and where appropriate limit on-site quantities to daily application requirements. n Monitor planted areas to ensure trees are growing with sufficient density to achieve a stage free of competition from other plants. n Monitor successfully regenerated areas for forest health.
Source: Best Management Practices (BMPs) / the Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA), B.C.
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