TREE PLANTING MONITORING
After planting the second stage last June, this month we are monitoring it. Overall, tree growth is quite good and fertile. We also measure tree height and replace dead trees. Tree height measurements were carried out for every 30 samples for each type of ketapang, spruce, and mahogany. Of the three types of trees, the fastest growing is cypress. In the ketapang tree, we found 45 dead trees, so we replaced them with new trees. We are very happy with the trees that we planted are growing well and fertile. We hope that we can continue to do this reforestation on Buton Island.
This monitoring activity will be carried out every one to two months. Although the plantation area has been clearly delineated, it is still part of a large landscape. Rehabilitation of degraded forest land actually has potential commercial value in addition to other important benefits for the environment. The regeneration process needs to pay attention to problems such as loss of soil fertility, the impact of erosion and disturbances to the hydrological balance and other ecological functions. During the planting of both phases 1 and 2 we were very concerned about soil fertility. Because the land we carry out is planting the soil texture that is quite hard and requires nutrient enrichment treatment in the soil.