What if we need more? Wildling propagation as an alternative for production of tree-planting material
A quick search amongst the policies that brought forth the biggest forest restoration projects in the Philippines will show that it was only around 2012 that indigenous tree species were prioritized for propagation.
Memorandum Circular 2012–01 from the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources emphasized that indigenous tree species were preferred to be propagated and planted in protected areas, protection forests, mangroves and urban areas.(1)
This is a great move as it is in line with the principles of sustainable forest management. However, since reforestation initiatives continue to use quantity-over-quality indicators as measures of success, like the number of planted seedlings in an area over the project period, there comes the need to produce a massive number of native trees throughout a project’s duration.