Report on our Fourth Planting as a Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter

- A collaborative project with Hamamatsu City and Shizuoka Prefecture to help restore the coastal forests of Enshunada -

 Aiming to assist with the restoration of the Enshunada coastal forests as part of our environmental protection efforts, Yamaha Corporation entered into an agreement with Hamamatsu City and Shizuoka Prefecture to become a Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter in March 2007, and the company is currently striving to successfully carry out a five-year restoration assistance plan designed to curb the serious threat posed by pine weevil damage to coastal forests.
 This is a report on the fourth planting of saplings by employees of Yamaha Corporation and its group companies.
 Approximately 150 people gathered on the day of the event, including employees and their families, individuals recruited from the general public, and related authorities. At the opening ceremony held before the planting, Yamaha Corporation General Administration Division Manager Hisayoshi Sato greeted the participants on behalf of the company, followed by a few words from Eiji Mizuno, Hamamatsu City’s head of parks and open spaces. Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture Office of Forest Resources' Division of Environmental Protection—the head office for the Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System—also presented us with a certificate for our efforts in FY 2009.
 This year, we moved to an area west of last year’s site and planted trees indigenous to the area. Totaling 155 trees in all, the six species planted included ubame oak, camphor, and Japanese hackberry.
 Participants were treated to a post-planting environmental lecture by Ms. Sachiyo Ota of the Hamamatsu Park Management Division.
 For the second year running Yamaha Livingtec Corporation provided compost and mulch produced as a byproduct during manufacture of its system kitchens, and this contribution proved invaluable to our tree-planting efforts.
 Going forward, Yamaha employees and the local citizenry plan to continue working in tandem with the community on afforestation and maintenance efforts, to help create coastal forests that serve a dual function—protecting against tidal surges and heavy winds in a disaster prevention capacity while also providing a healthy and relaxing environment to all who visit.

Outline

Date

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Location

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

Participants

Approximately 150 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 155 broadleaf saplings 0.5-1.0m in height in deforested areas damaged by pine weevils
(Six tree species were planted: Dendropanax trifidus, Ubame oak, Nepal holly, Camphor, Japanese hawthorn, and Japanese hackberry)

*The Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System
The Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System was instituted by Shizuoka Prefecture and aims to encourage 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. The amount of carbon dioxide that will be absorbed by their contribution will be calculated, and they will receive a certificate of acknowledgement from the prefecture.

Mr. Sato (Manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)
Mr. Sato
(Manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)

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

The certificate presentation by Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture, Office of Forest Resources, Environmental Protection Division
The certificate presentation by Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture,
Office of Forest Resources,Division of Environmental Protection

Planting the saplings
Planting the saplings

Environmental lecture (Ms. Ota, Hamamatsu Park Management Division)
Environmental lecture
(Ms. Ota, Hamamatsu Park Management Division)

Group photo of the participants
Group photo of the participants

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