patch forest reforestation
Planting site is a previously cleared area which was used for storing felled timber trees. Once logging operations were stopped and cleared, these areas are rapidly over grown with vines and grasses which, without a shaded environment from mature, trees quickly out compete young saplings. The vines need to be cleared by hand prior to replanting and then revisted ever few months during the inital year to ensure the young trees are not smothered.
Typical snapshot of species planted per hectar at Kinabatangan sites.
True forest regeneration requires a wide range of species in order to support wildlife biodiversity. We typically plant 15 - 25 different species with the larger percentages focused on the robust pioneering species which will grow rapidly and support the less robust but import species such as Colona serratifolia which supports a wide range of bird life and Durio gravelens, whose famous pungent fruit - drurians, are an orangutans favorite.
Memee Dairin & Norsalleh Abd Malik setting out on a big planting day.
Fast growing invastive vines rapidly grow in the freshly planted sections and have to be hand cleared to protect the saplings.
Much of the Bornean operations are focused on Mosaic planting where degraded areas are restored connecting healthy forests and greatly increasing wildlife bio-habitats.
Large tropical tree growing up to 40 meters high in dense primary forest as well as more open, secondary formations.
A fast growing forest giant reaching up to 60 meters and higher with buttresses up to 6 meters wide. A important soil stabilizer and pioneer forest tree which grows to be a long lived stable forest tree.
Known locally as the "swamp tree" Molotus Muticus establishes mangrove forests and servers as a forest buffer securing the environment for less robust species. An important pioneer forest tree that secures the soil gradually reclaiming the forest from mashland.