In June 2018, I had the opportunity to visit the United States to attend the International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration. We have come to different national forests where we have discovered people working in the field, not just nature but also other people interested in the same place, and the restoration and rehabilitation works of nature and the community.
Our trip started in Portland, where we met the organizers from the US Forest Service and participants in the seminar in Angola, Mozambique, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Peru, Togo, Tanzania, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Lebanon, Haiti, Philippine and Jordan.
At the edge of Portland, at the Hoyt Arboretum, I also became aware of coniferous species that are native to (and less) north of the west coast, in a local dendrarium dedicated to conifers in particular.
She guided Ken, who teaches schoolboy botanist lessons, and has been touring for tourists for 6 years, absolutely volunteer.
Also in Portland we were able to visit one of the largest urban forests in the US. Forest Park stretches for about 13 km and occupies over 2090 ha. Due to the fact that in the 70’s the city administration together with the people decided the limits of urbanization in favor of green spaces, today we are following the evolution of these jewels, also with the help of non-profit sector volunteers.
Currently, over 112 kinds of birds can be observed in the forest, over 110 km of roads and hiking trails.
Then our tours started in Oregon, where we had the opportunity to visit the Metolius River and the Friends of Metolius (Friends of the Metolius River) community. I remained mask when I saw such beauty, which, as it seems, is broken from stories. It was not always so and this situation is due to the collaboration between the community and the US Forest Service, whose relationship has begun, how do you think where? in the court
The locals became members of the public association to contribute to the working group aimed at protecting the landscape and river from forest exploration.
Finally, thanks to the participatory principle, it has overcome friendship, and today the decisions regarding the projects in the area are taken together with the people who have chosen to live there.
Also in the neighborhood I visited another river, near Three Sisters (Oregon), where for thousands of years the American natives lived. The river was full of waterfalls and fish, and since the arrival of the Europeans there have been pumping stations for irrigation and later damages for electricity. Over time, the river became an empty brook that dried during the summer.
Due to community collaboration, today the “lost river” has been found and the water flow has also emerged and the fish, for which “identical natural” habitats are always made by the specialists who coordinate the river restoration project. Also, all of us now can go through different paths from the reservation to admire the beauty and eternity of the mountain and forest landscapes. “There, I have also noticed some methods of anticipating disasters of this kind. It may sound incredible, but teams of firefighters, forest engineers, biologists and other specialists manage small fires just to avert the disasters that they have also faced. Thus, fire as a disturbing factor is essential to Oregon’s climatic climax and is brought back from one period to the next as a phenomenon that has happened there over the course of history, cleaning up the vegetable mass that serves the main “oil” of massive forest fires.
Also, during the seminar, we also visited a center for the collection and extraction of native plants, from the two exisits in the country. We were surprised by the attitude of the state to restoring and preserving ecosystems only with native plants.
Thus, local genetics play a major role in making any landscape restoration work as beneficial as possible for as long as possible.
In these and many other places we have seen how US forests are managed, as well as the improvement projects of forest landscapes. For three weeks, together with other people from 18 countries around the world, we have discovered new approaches to planning, planning and accompanying forest relief projects. Through the dialogue, we learned how to involve communities and other stakeholders, but also with the help of communication, we inspired each other. Now we’re waiting for results …