The adventures of an amateur tree planter
March 2013, brimming with optimism and full of good intentions, I met with Chief Richard Abella of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Visayas, Philippines to propose planting indigenous species of trees on 3 hectares of land. Out came the Chief’s calculator and 20 minutes later I emerged from his office having agreed to plant 80,000 seedlings on 50 hectares of land over the course of the next 5 years.
This blog plots my endeavor With little knowledge of biology and forestry management, I have set myself a goal of nurturing to full growth 80,000 trees, recognising that this might require double the amount of seedlings. I also recognise that I will need help from the Environment office, from the local communities, from the scientific community and above all from my friends and I hope that this blog, and the website http://www.80000trees.com will provide a platform to interact with the parties involved as well as provide data that may be of use to other groups interested in tree-planting in the Philippines. At the very least the website will spur us all on in the knowledge that our efforts are being broadcast to other interested people!
Late March I found myself in the breezy office of the Head of Argao (a town in Southern Cebu) Regional CENRO office (Community Environment and Natural Resources Office) signing a Memorandum of Agreement undertaking to reforest 25 hectares of land in South Cebu. Pictured in the image from right to left: Me (James Doran-Webb), Chief Richard Abella, Monet the forestry officer and Flor the very active Head of the Argao CENRO office.