Plantation Enrichment:Forest Regeneration

Background and Highlights

‘Forest Regeneration’ means rebuilding a forest, an ecosystem that embraces diversities.

In 2019, The Mushroom Initiative joined the Country Parks Plantation Enrichment Program for five years with a plantation site in Kap Lung, Tai Mo Shan.

To prevent soil erosion, exotic fast-growing tree species such as Acacia confusa, Lophostemon confertus and Casuarina equisetifolia were vastly planted for quick establishment of vegetation. The plantations have aged as decades have passed, there is a need to plant native trees to enrich the plantations to be more compatible with native species and to increase biodiversity.

Project Highlights

Planting a diverse list of native trees and shrubs, mimicking the multi-layer design in natural forest
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Inoculation of native VAM (Glomus Mosseae, Arbuscular Mycorrizhal Fungi) with young seedlings:
As the first organization in HK to experiment and apply Mycorrhizal fungi in tree-planting project, TMI focuses on enriching forest soil food web and optimizing seedlings’ health and resilience against unfavourable conditions.
Survival rate is one of our major concerns:
Not only about planting trees, we also aim at planting trees with high survival rate in the long run. The survival rate in the first reforestation project in Thailand from 2017 is more than 80% until 2019.
Promoting soil health:
Starting from healthy soil ecology and high photosynthesis efficiency, we study and research the carbon sequestration potential in soil in the possible cooperation with universities.