Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A Forest Oasis Amidst the Farmlands
Tabukol is a wonderful oasis in Negros, one of the Philippine plantation capitals of the country, and a sanctuary for endangered endemic wildlife such as the Visayan Taritic Hornbill and Philippine Leopard Cat. Tabukol was once a dry, barren land before the Sagemullers reforested and consequently brought back to life a natural spring which now irrigates the farmlands that sprouted in the area. It took about 10 years for the forest to regenerate. Not bad and a prime example of the viability of reforestation. A great article in the Inquirer this week tells us more. An important thing to note is in order to successfully reforest an area one must keep in mind the use of native species.
I do wish more reforestation would happen in idle land. Aside from the environmental aspect of reforestation there is a social aspect as well. The two almost always goes hand in hand.