There would have certainly been no need absolutely for trees planting in Liberia if the forest was not under tremendous threat by humans’ daily destructive activities otherwise intended for survival.
Liberia presently covers an estimated area of thirty eight (38) thousand square miles and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants.
This report is intended to address the situation that has given rise to the need for aggressive trees planting efforts in Liberia; this situation grossly owes its source to the fourteen years of civil war which brought everyone down to nothing.
The consequences of this war are today being suffered by even the trees in the forest of Liberia. Owing to the need for survival and the post-war reconstruction, the forest is being affected by logging activities in order for the government to generate revenue to be able to provide the needed basic social services, farmers engaged in rotational bush fallowing in a subsistent way in order to feed their families, the cutting of trees for the burning of charcoal for income generation, pit sawing activities by those who earn their survival by providing planks on the local markets for furniture, etc.
Unfortunately, there is absolutely very little or no effort employed to replace these trees which are very cardinal in terms of the ecosystem and the carbon effects on the earth.
Fortunately, the University of Liberia Farm Reforestation Project is intended to replenish the University farm and will serve as a conduit through which the significance of trees planting to Liberia will be unveiled to the communities through education.
This project will be very much meaningful to Liberia at this crucial time and we will be very grateful for all that you do to enable us achieve this purpose in Liberia.
The pictures are representative evidence of logging activities in post-war Liberia. This is taking place in most parts of the country with nothing much done to replenish the damaged forests. The consequences that are creeping in are strong winds damaging homes and destroying lots properties.
There are thousands of Liberians all over the country who are surviving on pit sawing. This representative photograph is a pictorial evidence of how the forest is being affected in lieu of survival in post-war Liberia. Even though this activity existed prior to the war but was under controlled environment to a greater extent. This time around, especially where the government does not have the means to provide the needs of its citizens, everyone is doing whatever survival dictates with more pressure from the rapid population growth.
The photographs of post-war reconstruction taking place throughout the length and breadth of Liberia. All these construction works are fully dependent upon the trees for planks and is taking place every day, through the nation.
Besides the logging and pit sawing activities, there are other activities gravely affecting the trees like the burning of charcoal and rotational bush fallowing everywhere, every day in aid of survival but is not captured photographically in this report. However, subsequent reports will portray a lot more photographic evidences of ways in which the trees are being destroyed in Liberia that call for urgent attention to this project.
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