LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte: The local environment and natural resources office here has been prioritizing to reforest vacant timberland areas with indigenous tree species for having a high rate of survival.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Juan de los Reyes Jr. said the province’s existing climatic conditions make native trees more adaptable and more tolerant and thus have a higher survival percentage.
De los Reyes said that at least 12,000 hectares of forest land in the province have already been planted with various native trees species.
“Since the start of the National Greening Program (NGP) in 2011, we have opted to plant narra, kamachile, kakawate, and kariskis, among others,” he said.
De los Reyes said the projection is to plant tree samplings in 7,000 to 9,000 hectares of timberlands for 2015.
“With P17 million allocation, we are targeting at least an 80 percent survival rate of the reforestation project in collaboration with peoples’ organizations under the NGP program,” he said.