Whether by planning for natural regeneration or tree planting, is at the core of our efforts to protect watersheds and on adjacent lands that have been affected by disturbance events, such as desertification, wildfire, climate change, storm events and insect/ disease infestations.
Historically, restoring forested ecosystems following either unplanned catastrophic events or from planned timber harvests is a top priority for China. Afforestation is a silvicultural treatment used to re-establish forest cover, thus initiating the restoring of forest function. Prompt reforestation allows for the accelerated development of forest structure, species composition, and canopy that provides many benefits including wildlife habitat, clean and abundant water, carbon sequestration, forest wood products for consumers, forested recreation opportunities, and maintenance of soil productivity through soil erosion reduction. Afforestation presents unique opportunities to address emerging issues associated with climate change by conserving and managing biodiversity to adapt to a changing climate, as well as sequestrating carbon to counter greenhouse gas emissions.
In some situations, relying on natural regeneration from on-site seed and genetic sources may best meet management objectives. While on other sites where the seed source has been lost due to a natural disturbance, such as a stand-replacing wildfire, tree planting may be needed to restore trees to the site. Trella's propagation and growing facilities remove seed from collected cones to grow adapted seedlings for out-planting. This assures that desirable species and stock types are used for restoring native ecosystems.