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To date we have planted 80,000 saplings of native tree species in 200 hectares of land in addition to fruit trees in the periphery of the reforestation area with native trees. Together with the farmer groups and the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park staffs, we continue to monitor and to maintain the saplings on a regular basis to ensure they grow. Whenever we find a sapling that isn't growing well, we replace it with a new one.
Progress in the reforestation project
The rangers of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park are police officers entrusted with protecting the park. With people from the local communities, they patrol the park and protect its animals, plants, and other natural resources. Because of the vast size of the park, patrolling takes a lot of time and the rangers sometimes spend the night outdoors in a tent. Poaching is a serious threat to the park's wildlife. Poachers build shacks and wait for animals to be caught in traps. For the most part, they are after birds and small mammals. The rangers seek out these shacks and tear them down. In cases of malicious poaching, they work with police to prevent recurrence. Illegal logging and forest fires are major causes of deforestation in Gunung Gede. The rangers patrol the woods, and when they find people carrying firewood or timber, or making fire, they tell them that it is prohibited by park rules. Fires could easily spread and destroy a wide stretch of forestland, especially in the dry season. So it is important to spot them and put them out while they're still small. However, local people needs to collect firewood for cooking. Farmers also use fire to clear plants and trees and expand their farmland. The rangers need to backup for their activities from various angles: so that people can live without relying on wood from the park, and so that farmers can continue to farm without destroying new patches of forestland.
Work of the park rangers
We repaired the nursery where we grow the saplings of native tree species. The framework is made of bamboo from the local area, so it needs to be changed periodically. Apart from making and managing the nursery, the project has also provided training for community to grow saplings. Some farmers have even started collecting small seedlings in the adjacent forest and brought them to the nursery to grow to use for restoration.
Management of the nursery
One of the biggest accomplishments of the project is that the local government is trying to extend reforestation activities like ours to neighboring areas. Many places in these areas need similar activities. By building a good practice for other places to replicate, we are trying to spread forest restoration activities in cooperation with local communities. The local government has begun providing governmental agencies and schools with saplings to plant around villages and their houses.
The project as a role model