Now in our fifth year of reforestation activities, areas inside Gunung Palung National Park that were once denuded and dominated by invasive grass are successfully supporting native tree regeneration!
The reforestation program not only studies methods to reverse the trend of forest loss, but also educates local communities about the value of the rainforest and provides them opportunities to participate in restoring damaged areas. The planting process increases scientific knowledge, while providing productive paid employment for villagers – in preparing, planting, and caring for the seedlings, to ensure the area grows into lush, green forest.
ASRI staff works with villagers around a devastated area where a logging company illegally cleared over 100 hectares (250 acres) of rainforest, twenty years ago. Together we have replanted twenty hectares of this area in the past 4 years, and 6 more hectares in 2012 to restore a key “orangutan corridor” – a reforested bridge between larger habitat areas – that will once again allow these and other animals free movement and the opportunity to breed.
With greater resources, we can achieve much more:
- A contribution of just $50 will re-green 25 sq. meters (270 sq. ft.) of damaged rainforest – offsetting around two tons of carbon.
- $200 will offset ten tons of carbon (the lowest level of emissions for a person living in the US) by reforesting 125 sq. meters.