Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji

by OISCA International
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji
Regenerating 100-Hectare Forest in Mt. Fuji

Project Report | Jun 20, 2023
To the Supporters of our Project in Mt. Fuji

By Hiromatsu Kazuchika | Project Coordinator

Mt. Fuji covered with snow
Mt. Fuji covered with snow

This is the 17th year since we started our reforestation project on Mt. Fuji. The forest roads, which were closed for the winter, were finally opened in late April, and we immediately checked our project site. Knowing the harsh winter on Mt. Fuji, we could not help but be worried about the condition of our growing trees.

In late spring, Mt. Fuji is still covered with snow at the top. It is refreshing to see that the trees that we have planted have new buds. Violets and wild strawberry flowers are blooming, and insects are flying everywhere. Compared to the initial stages of the project, we can feel that the area is gradually being transformed into a habitat for different species of plants and animals. This would be impossible without the support and cooperation of many people. We are glad that little by little, our project site is turning into the rich and diverse forest that we have always aimed for.

However, aware of how it takes several decades before we have a fully restored forest, we do not want to be complacent. We need to constantly monitor our site to make sure that the trees that we have planted are all growing well. Meanwhile, we have to check that the individual nets that we have installed to protect the growing trees from deer damage still serve their purpose. Most of the time, the net comes off due to strong wind, snow, or if the planted tree falls. Without nets, exposed trees will be eaten by deer in no time. Even trees that have grown to a certain height may die.

We started doing volunteer activities on May 20 to reinstall nets for animal damage control. We have mobilized 90 volunteers who have reinstalled new nets. On that day, the volunteers helped guarantee the survival of 380 planted trees.

The following week, a total of 60 people, including volunteers and their family members, ages ranging from seven to 13 years old, participated in our activity. We believed that as we engaged the children in our activity, it somehow fostered a sense of valuing the forests in their hearts.

We are scheduled to work with eight companies and various organizations to protect nearly 2,000 trees until September of this year.

Prior to the start of the project, a council was formed, with members including the 30 companies, government agencies, research institutes, and other organizations. OISCA was assigned to be the secretariat responsible for running the council. The collaborative process among the members promotes synergy, which covers almost all angles. This resulted in the elimination of possible points of error. Moreover, the collaboration is fostering diversity in terms of local, technical, and innovative knowledge and skills.

Funding for the activities is mainly based on donations from companies. These companies also send their representatives and staff to volunteer for the project. From the donations, we purchase materials needed for the maintenance, subcontract foresters to guide and support volunteers during volunteering activities, and oversee the overall project operation. It would be difficult for us to implement all our activities without your great help.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support. Thank you for your continued support.

Sprouting buds of Yamazakura tree.
Sprouting buds of Yamazakura tree.
Preliminary inspection at the site.
Preliminary inspection at the site.
Violet plant growing naturally at the site
Violet plant growing naturally at the site
Green bright moss
Green bright moss
Lichens epiphytic on wood skin
Lichens epiphytic on wood skin
Bark of a growing tree damaged by deer
Bark of a growing tree damaged by deer
Children participating in the activity
Children participating in the activity
Briefing prior to the actual activity
Briefing prior to the actual activity
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OISCA International

Location: Suginami-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Project Leader:
Ma. Grazen Acerit
Suginami-ku , Tokyo Japan
$8,561 raised of $20,000 goal
 
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