Forest ManagementLearn more about BFS’s forest management initiatives.
BFS’s Involvement in Forest Management
The Beijing Forestry Society has a long standing involvement in forestry as it draws from some of the most reowned experts the scene has to offer. Furthermore after many years of working with international organizations, BFS has enhanced its forest management concepts with knowledge from abroad. In each executed project that involved forest management, BFS aims to use the most sophisticated forest management methods to cultivate multi-functional forests.
Why are Miyun’s forests important?
Erosion ControlForests and shrubland are essential to prevent soil from just being “washed off”. The roots of the plants together with the litter and other living biomass hold the soil back and ensure it stays where it is. This means that more nutrients stay in the landscape and less sediments are clogging the Miyun reservoir. Additionally, the older a forest on a given landscape, the more developed the soil is which in turn permits rare plants to grow and thus enhances biodiversity.
What is BFS doing to improve Miyun’s forests?
While thanks to the national afforestation efforts in the past decades the reestablishment of Miyun’s forests has succeeded in many areas, the quality of these forests is still an area that needs improvement. The past afforestation efforts mainly focused on establishing single-species plantations that were resilient to the harsh conditions reigning in the deforested landscape. While 20 or 30 years ago there was little choice in species it resulted nevertheless in species-poor unnatural forests. BFS is now focusing on improving the quality of Miyun’s forests and establish forests in areas that are crucial but have been neglected in the past.
Riperian Buffer RestorationThe riperian buffer (the zone right along the river bed) helps to protect the river from the effects of land uses close to it, like agriculture by stopping sediments, fertilizer and other things from simply being washed into the river through the network of its roots and other organic matter. Due to historic deforestation the riparian buffers along rivers in the Miyun watershed are often heavily degraded. BFS restores these riparian buffers as part of several different projects as a means to improve water quality and reduce river pollution.
Orchard ManagementBFS is not only involved in classical forest management. Improving the livelihoods for local people is one of the main priorities and orchards, specifically for walnut and chestnut production, present the perfect tool to do this in the Miyun watershed. BFS has conducted trainings for local farmers on how to improve crop production through better grafting techniques, and soil treatment but also on how to reduce the use of fertilizers and water.
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