Digging trenches was our main focus this week in Rawa Kadut, Bungur. Around permanent trees, our team excavated the soil as well as cleaned it from grass and reeds. This action mainly aimed at loosening the soil so it could grow more healthily.
The entire week spent by Auriga’s field team in Way Kambas’ Rawa Kadut to build another firebreaks. This addition is important, especially in preventing the fire to enter the main planting lanes where our reforestation program is located.
During the week, we have been busy doing maintenance on firebreak in Rawa Kadut. The first two days were spent to do necessary checks, before we started to clearing out the grass in planting lanes.
As our previous activities, this week started with continuing to maintain our firebreak arsenal, which could protect our trees from catching fire in the upcoming dry season. We clean the reeds, checked for the pest, and watering the trees.
Another thing we do during the week was replanting crops in Rawa Kadut. As many as 50 trees were replanted back, to substitute damaged trees or those that are likely to perish.
Last but not least, we held a meeting with Way Kambas National Park Office concerning monitoring and evaluation of our reforestation program in Rawa Kadut.
This week we found out that our successor plants has started to show its color. Green and healthy as a newborn. In Rawa Kadut, most of our permanent trees are blooming and it is expected to bring impacts to land cover in Way Kambas in the next two or three years, which means the land would be covered with greenness. The term is under one condition for sure: Our prediction is applied as long as there is no fire in Rawa Kadut.
Our plants such as grew healthily up to noticeable size. A few centimeters up from the ground or ranging from 50 to 150 centimeters. Thousands has shown similar progress. However, we also discovered some of damaged trees caused by wildlife during monitoring process. Our guess is that one or two deers had eaten them.
Nevertheless, most of our plants in Rawa Kadut are indeed potential animal feed. Moreover, speaking of our initial purpose of reforestation, this condition is a small hint of plausible natural forest life.
In addition, the maintenance of firebreaks kept going. As our previous commitment, this is important as to welcome the upcoming summer and likely annual fire.
The dry season is inching closer, meaning that the annual fire will eventually come to this park, just like the previous years. Therefore, to protect our park, this week we started to build a reservoir for water provision in fighting the Red Flower.
The reservoir is planned to be as long as 15 meters with 2 meters width and 1 meter of depth. The size is indeed not as large as reservoir in general, more like a pond in fact. We started by scheming the location of the reservoir, which then decided to be in the front of Rawa Kadut camp. Four of Auriga’s team then started digging the soul. However, our activity this week was rather obscured by the rain.
The reservoir is also anticipated for watering our plants in Rawa Kadut. It is by experience that the lack of water can leave us with dried or even dead trees.
We hope this project will finish as soon as possible.
From this week, we wouldn’t plant trees for a while. Instead, we would be focusing on clearing reeds and grass around permanent trees to maximize their growth as well as making sure that they have enough firebreaks in order to prevent them from blaze up to the stalks.
So, for the whole week, we were busy digging trenches encircling each trees. The diameter for each trench is around five meter. Reeds and grass, which are the main disturbance to our plants development were also being wiped off from the restoration area.
Both activities will be carried out for the next upcoming weeks because the whole population of reeds in Rawa Kadut is quite extensive.
As per usual, we started the week by doing plants maintenance in restoration area. Excavation and cleaning were done around trees to avoid the plants from undesired pests. So far, we have planted at least 250 permanent trees. In the upcoming weeks, we are planning to focus more on permanent trees.
An estimate of a thousand seedlings was planted from 20 March to 30 March as part of our reforestation effort in Way Kambas National Park. The amount added to the existent 32.000 trees in the land of 60 hectares as part of our reforestation area in Rawa Kadut Section, which counts for 100 hectares. Similar to the previous crops, we went back to planting puspa (Schima Wallichii), jambon (Euginia Sp.), and tiga urat (Cinamommum burmanii).
The routine kicked off at 8 o’clock in the morning when we started to sow the seedlings. The morning activity would end by 10 o’clock and we would continue in the afternoon from 3 to five p.m.. Those times are the best in planting seedlings. In the meantime, we would usually rest, have our lunch and take a brief nap. Other activities would be taking care of and monitoring the existent trees.
In one day, we could cultivate as many as 400 trees in average. Among the seedlings, there would be several we call “permanent tree” to be put on our intensive care. For example, of five seedlings there will be one subjected trees. In the process, the subjected trees will be taken care of until it grow fully. The rest will also be taken care of, but with not as much as received by the subjected trees. The current total of permanent tree in Kadut Section amounted to 6.400 trees, are expected to be the capital of land cover in the national park.