Papua New Guinea Forest Nursery Program Supports Livelihoods and Wildlife

WCS Forest Ecologist inspecting native species including Castanopsis (PNG Oak), Casuarina (yer) and Ficus (kapiak) at the Afoya community nursery in Wamuifa village, Eastern Highlands. Photo by Elodie Van Lierde/WCS.
Native timber species Kapiak (Ficus demaropsis) growing at the Afoya community nursery in Wamuifa village, Eastern Highlands. Photo by Elodie Van Lierde/WCS.

“The timber from these trees used to last for generations. Now people are often forced to use young or softwood trees that might not even last a decade,” says WCS Forest Ecologist Tory Kuria.

Planting Yer (Casuarina oligodon) in a non-native grassland to rehabilitate the soil for future agricultural use and to provide firewood for the community at Wamuifa, Eastern Highlands. Photo by Tory Kuria/WCS.

WCS is working with communities to develop participatory land use plans that ban the planting of non-native trees in intact forest areas and put community-designed limits on unsustainable hunting and deforestation practices.

Community foresters and assistants transporting hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), a native timber species, for outplanting to fill gaps in a native forest (enrichment planting) and to control erosion along a steep road in Womkama, Simbu. Photo by Tory Kuria/WCS.

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