OISCA International Initiated the Maintenance of the Reforestation Project in Mt. Fuji
On May 31 (Saturday), a total of 190 volunteers gathered at the 1,500 meter elevation of Mt. Fuji to participate in the annual event organized by OISCA International of maintaining the Reforestation Project Site in Mt. Fuji.
The objective to install individual nets to the 1,500 growing seedlings was met through the collaborative efforts of the company representatives supporting the project, officials and forest experts of Yamanashi Prefecture, OISCA members and trainees as well as the nine invited foreign dignitaries from the countries like Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea.
“I was aware that last year, Mt. Fuji was included in the prestigious World Heritage List and it is a great honor to be here and be part of its conservation”, was the message of Ambassador Francis Matsutaro of the Embassy of the Republic of Palau during the event`s closing ceremony.
Since 2005, OISCA has been leading the Mt. Fuji Nature Restoration Council, a committee that comprises a number of researchers, funding agencies and government officials of Yamanashi Prefecture to improve the biodiversity of Mt. Fuji. Under the project, 38,600 seedlings of broad leaf and local species of trees like Fagus crenata, Quecus crispula, Prunus yamasakura, Alnus japonica and Acer mono were planted in 38 hectares.
After planting, biodegradable wood-guards are used to protect the planted seedlings from wild deer and extreme weather condition especially during winter. OISCA is now spearheading to put nets to protect the growing seedlings from wild deer. This activity will be conducted until 2017.