After all the shocking events of the past two months and the worst April on record for air pollution in Chiang Mai, here is a chance to start anew with a healthy activity in the forest.
This coming Tuesday, 25th May 2010, Gum Hak Doi Suthep has organised a walk up the lower slope of Doi Suthep to plant seeds of Maka (Afzelia xylocarpa) trees.
Last year we planted around 200 seed and this year our target is 400. Many from last year seeds produced trees which survived the drought and hopefully the fire.
The foothills of Doi Suthep were long ago Teak (Tectona grandis) forest, gone through logging and burning, and among the Teaks were leguminous trees such as Maka & Pradoo (Pterocarpus macrocarpus).
Unlike the Teak, these trees can grow in degraded soils and as they grow they improve the soil and micro-climate which allows Teak on the slopes and Yang Daeng (Dipterocarpus turbinatus) in the valleys (if fire can be excluded) to return.
Our present plan is to set off around 2 pm from 103 Condominium, Sukassem Rd (off Nimmanhaemin oppisite the green Kasikorn Bank) and drive to the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park entrance at the Northern end of Huey Teng Tao Reserve.
If you would like to join us please contact 0849859668 & email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please wear sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirt & trousers and bring a hat and if you can a Syem (narrow long handled spade).