Project site's aerial view
It has been 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and more than 10 years have passed since the project started on March 17, 2011. We are grateful that we have been able to proceed with the project with the generous support of many people from all over the world.
When the project started, the only thing that had been decided was just to regenerate the uprooted coastal forest along the coast of Natori. As for the location of the project, we had no idea who would play what role, and the outline of the project was not clear. First of all, we have to entrust the restoration of coastal forests to the central, Miyagi Prefecture, and Natori City Government, and we remember having many discussions to gain their trust. The government was initially skeptical on our capability to regenerate the 100-ha coastal forest, but their stance gradually changed as we started growing seedlings in our nursery and transplanting them in our project site.
As of January 31, 2020, 10 years later, through various funding platforms, we received donations of 811,597,999 yen or about 7.69 million dollars from all over the world, and we were able to plant 370,000 Japanese black pine trees in 72hectares. All the planting of Japanese black pine was completed this year, and from now on, we will be focusing on maintaining the planted trees.
For the 10 years from 2011 to 2020 (1st phase), we have called for donations as the first 10-year plan centered on activities to raise seedlings in our nursery and plant them in our project site. In the second and third 10-year plans from 2021 (2nd and 3rd phase), we will continue our activities centered on growing and maintaining our project site using the funds that we have raised.
It is said that tree planting is not the end of reforestation, but rather it is the start. We plan to continue the project until at least 2040 until the 370,000 black pine trees become a strong and resilient forest that will protect the lives of the Natori citizens from tsunami and storm surges.
We will take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity. Without your support, it would be difficult for us to implement all our target activities. We will no longer be accepting donations, but please be encouraged to check our website and read our blogs on the status of our project.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Black pines planted 5 years ago
Mobilized volunteer students at the project site