MAKING TREES COUNT – Monitoring of Trees Planted

Monitoring and nurturing (clearing of grasses and weeds) of planted trees at communal forest in Poblacion, Kibungan, Benguet by LGU employees and community members.

November’s  main  activity was the quarterly monitoring of trees planted  in  the  different  areas  of  the Upper  and  Lower  Amburayan  River Basin.  The  activity  covered  the seedlings  planted  last  June  to September  2016  where  a  total  of 13,250  assorted  fruit  bearing  and forest  seedlings  were  planted  in  9.4 hectares.    Calliandra,  fire  tree  and coffee  were  some  of  the  seedlings  planted  in  Benguet  while  cashew, tamarind  and  cacao  for  Ilocos  Sur  and  La  Union.  The  activity  was  greatly supported  by  the  different  barangay  officials,  community  members  and other partners of the Upper and Lower Amburayan River Basin.  Along with monitoring,  partners  also  cleaned  the  planted  areas  from  grasses  and weeds.

It was observed that  the  survival of trees planted were dependent on  the  different  factors  that  affect  the  different  planting  areas.  Trees planted along the highways are most likely to be less healthy than those of the trees  planted  in  the outskirts. Nevertheless, an array of  trees  survived during  the  past  months.  Here  we  see  the  importance  of  community involvement  to  help  in  the  preservation  and  enhancement  of  the Amburayan River Basin.  Continuous monitoring  and  nurturing  will  be  conducted  to  be informed and reminded of the project’s goal as well as the community’s role in protecting the watershed.

Protecting and Defending the Amburayan River Basin and Watershed through Good Governance and Active Peoples’ Participation is a project funded by the USAID through the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) and is implemented by the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc. (JVOFI).

// Amburayan Project GIS and Visibility Officer