Japan: Woodland Preservation buys another 296,070 sq. meters in Nagano outside Kurohime

Last month, thanks to a very generous donation, we were able to add
another whopping 119,088 sq. meters to our Afan Woodland Trust down
the road from my home in the Nagano Prefecture hills outside Kurohime.
This brings our total to 296,070 sq. meters — about twice the area we
had when we set up the trust six years ago.

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This new addition is all woodland, clear cut just after World War II,
then pretty well left alone for more than 30 years. It is very similar
to the type of scrubby woodland I personally started buying over 20
years ago. That’s when I and Mr. Matsuki, the local forester I
employed, began trimming, planting and planning to restore the woods
to healthy biodiversity. Since then, the land we tended has seen 22
endangered creatures return, including mammals, birds and plants.

Also, whereas at the outset we found just seven kinds of wild mountain
vegetables (sansai), last year we recorded 137 kinds of edible wild
plants. And, although we did replant some species of trees that had
vanished or died out, most of the others now growing in our woodland
have come from seeds that were lying dormant in the ground, or were
brought in by the wind, birds, animals and even insects to sprout and
grow as the conditions improved for them.

As we increase the area of woods and improve their quality, we will get more and more acorns, chestnuts, edible wild roots and tasty worms and larvae, so I predict we’ll have a lot more animal activity as well. Not all of this activity is totally welcome. If deer come in they will make a meal of  our young tree saplings in no time. But for them and the wild boar I  do have a solution: A certain number will end up on the menu of the  main hall in the Afan Woodland Trust Center we will start building  this summer. The center is for our trust members, and apart from the  office, stores and so on, it will have a hall sufficient to seat about  50 people for a seminar, or 30 for at a sit-down dinner.

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