Report on Third Plating for “Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System”

- A project based on collaboration between Hamamatsu City and Shizuoka Prefecture to support the regrowth of the Enshunada coastal forest -

In March 2007, Yamaha Corporation joined with Shizuoka Prefecture and Hamamatsu City as part of its environmental protection activities to support efforts to aid the regeneration of the Enshunada coastal forest, becoming a “Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter.” With this, Yamaha Corporation will pursue a five-year plan to assist in the regeneration of the Enshunada forest, which has suffered severe damage from pine weevil infestation.
This report details the third time that employees of Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Group companies have conducted afforestation activities.
On the day of planting, Yamaha employees were joined by family members, and by members of the general public who had been invited through promotions, bringing together a total of approximately 130 people. Preceding the work, the opening ceremony, Mr. Katsuya Nakamura (Deputy Manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation) offered a greeting to those in attendance, which was followed by a speech from Mr. Hideharu Mizuno, director of Hamamatsu City Parks & Green Areas Department. In front of everyone present, Mr. Nobuaki Ishibashi of Shizuoka Prefecture, Office of Forest Resources, Environmental Protection Division, the head office for the Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System, also presented us with a certificate which had been awarded on October 23 for our 2008 activities.
Due to the lack of rainfall over summer seedlings planted last year had encountered rather severe conditions. To compensate for this in part, a total of 150 seedlings of seven different native varieties were planted this year, including Ubame oak, Japanese Cheesewood, and Camphor. As with every year, the task of digging holes and moving earth was an arduous one, but perhaps because this was the third time that this activity had been carried out, work went smoothly and planting finished ahead of schedule.
After the planting, participants were treated to an environmental lecture from Ms. Chinatsu Nagashima of the Hamamatsu Park Management Division, learning about the role of seaside protection forests, and the afforestation of pine damaged and broadleaf forests in recent years, which has been the primary goal of our activities. This year’s participants utilized compost and mulch produced as a byproduct of the System Kitchen production processes at Yamaha Livingtec Corporation. These materials are provided to public park facilities free of charge, and are used in many locations.
In the future, Yamaha employees will work in concert with regional organizations in activities such as afforestation and maintenance, helping to create a coastal forest that serves in a disaster prevention capacity as a windbreak and protection against tidal surges, and also provides health and recreational facilities.

Date of activity

October 24, 2009

Location

Hamamatsu City Enshunada Kaihin Park Seaside Protection Forest
(Shirowa-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu) (See separately)

Participants

Approximately 130 employees of Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Group Companies (including family members), members of the general public, and personnel from Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and gardening companies.

Activities

Planting 150* broadleaf saplings 0.4-1.5m in height in deforested areas damaged by pine weevils
*Camellia, Ubame oak, Nepal holly, Camphor, Raphiolepsis umbellate, Japanese Hackberry, Japanese Cheesewood

*The Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System
A system instituted by Shizuoka Prefecture with the goal of encouraging business participation in forest preservation activities.
Under this system, businesses obtain the right to display an authorized label (the Smile label) in recognition of their efforts, have their contributions weighted against their carbon dioxide emissions, and receive a certificate of acknowledgement from the prefecture.

Mr. Nakamura
Mr. Nakamura
(Deputy Manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)

Mr. Mizuno
Mr. Mizuno
(Director, Hamamatsu City Parks & Green Areas Department)

The certificate received from Mr. Ishibashi of the Shizuoka Prefecture, Office of Forest Resources, Environmental Protection Division
The certificate received from Mr. Ishibashi of the Shizuoka Prefecture, Office of Forest Resources, Environmental Protection Division

Group photo of participants
Group photo of participants

Planting the seedlings
Planting the seedlings

The environmental lecture
The environmental lecture
(Ms. Nagashima, Hamamatsu Park Management Division)

The completed planting
The completed planting

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