The U of Liberia's Forestry Dept. teaches forestry. The Univ. Farm was established for that purpose and had both native & exotic trees. During the civil war displaced people cut down the trees of the farm for charcoal and fuel, reducing the forest to its present state. This project restores the Farm ecosystem by reforesting 75% native and 25% exotic trees. Involving local communities thru awareness creation & casual employment will encourage their cooperation in future protection of the forest.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Prior to the civil war, the 5 acres (2.04 hectares) Univ. Farm, was covered with native & exotic trees. Students did research & other forestry activities. During the war people who took residence in & around the Forest cut down the trees for fuel and charcoal. Since the end of the war the population around the Forest has increased as people return home. Human induced bush fire has become another challenge. The successful implementation of this project will solve this situation.
How will this project solve this problem?
The overall objective of this project is to restore the forest of the Univ. of Liberia Farm to its pre-war status by planting both native & exotic tree species. The native and exotic trees that were cut down during the war will be replaced to facilitate the resumption of research and other studies instructors and students used to do in the Forest. Surrounding communities will be educated, encouraged and willing to cooperate with Univ. in protecting and preserving the Forest.
Potential Long Term Impact
The entire UL Farm will be permanently reforested to contribute to carbon sequestration and mitigation of climate change in addition to other forest areas of Liberia. Management of the forest will create job opportunities for members of surrounding communities to create a sense of ownership. The presence of the Forest will enhance the studies of students preparing for career in forestry.
Total Funding Received to Date: $365
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $26,677
Total Funding Goal: $27,042