FOREST RESTORATION

A DISAPPEARING LANDSCAPE

Sumatra's forests have been decimated by the palm oil and paper industry. Primary lowland dipterocarp rainforests are increasingly scarce today. We hope to bridge this degraded land with the standing forest by following a stage-wise planting of tree species, going from pioneer species to eventually primary forest trees. We would like to restore mature habitat, turning degraded land into productive forest, creating an impact in the most meaningful way possible. As humanity's encroachment on habitats worldwide worsens, we want to help create solutions for mitigating the damage done. 

NURTURING YOUNG TREES

One of the strategies being employed to restore the forest is creating nurseries for young trees. These saplings are provided with constant care by the nursery team that nurturers the young trees and prepares them to be transplanted into the forest.  Transplant locations are carefully chosen to ensure a high survivability rate, and they are monitored to ensure that they are not damaged by elephants while they still are taking root in their new habitat.

We are proud to provide aid to this project by working with the ground team to create forest reforestation plans, combining the theoretical expertise of the university with the botanical onsite knowledge of the nursery team.  Together, we hope to restore these degraded areas to lush rainforest.

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