Support for Regional Forest Protection Activities
[Japan] Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda Logistics Co., Ltd.
Vitalizing Forests through Clearing Brush and Felling Trees
Mazda is cooperating with Hiroshima Prefecture and Yamaguchi Prefecture in regional forest protection activities. In 2010, the Mazda Head Office (Hiroshima) concluded a Forest Preservation and Management Pact with the government of Hiroshima Prefecture, with the Mazda-no-Mori (Mazda Forest) in the Hiroshima Prefecture Ryokka (afforestation) Center (Higashi Ward, Hiroshima City) serving as a base of operations. With the guidance and cooperation of forest conservation volunteer groups, we are giving short lectures to enhance awareness of environmental conservation, providing woodcraft classes to teach children how to make use of forest resources, and holding nature observation events, in addition to activities such as clearing, removing underbrush, and planting trees.
The Hofu Plant has participated in the "Water-Supply Forest Development in Collaboration with Corporations" program administrated by Yamaguchi Prefecture for water-using companies since 2005, and the "Fureai-no-Morizukuri program in the Saba River basin and Mt. Ohira" (hosted by the Saba River basin Morizukuri-no-Kai) since 2013.
In FY2019, 53 people participated in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures. Participants commented, "I had never cut down a tree before, so it was fun" and "We heard a short lecture about how natural disasters and forests are connected, so it was an opportunity to remind myself of the importance of forests."
By the numbers
Mazda-no-Mori (Mazda Forest)
Duration of program: 9 years
Total number of participants: 789
Water-Supply Forest Development in Collaboration with Corporations
Duration of program: 15 years
Total number of participants: 87
Fureai-no-Morizukuri program in the Saba River basin and Mt. Ohira
Duration of program: 7 years
Total number of participants: 78
Having fun with forest preservation
Since 2010, Mazda Logistics volunteers have done preservation work in a bamboo grove designated by the Trees for Hiroshima Project. Once or twice per year, under the guidance of a woodland management expert, they work to improve the grove through clearing old bamboo in the damaged woodland in Ogonzan. In FY2019, eight volunteers worked on the grove, deepening bonds with the local community.
By the numbers
Duration of program: 11 years
Total number of participants: 189