DENR advocates preservation of Baguio pine trees through re-surgery
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (1 May) -- Preservation of pine trees should be given more focus and concern especially during this times when the ill effects of global warming and climate change are now being felt.
This was stressed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR)) during a forum hosted by the DENR last week in celebration of Earth Day.
According to DENR-CAR Eco-system Research and Development Service Officer-in-charge Fatima Pangan, Benguet pine trees in the city of Baguio especially those in the pine forest at the Convention Center should be given more focus and attention in terms of damage prevention.
"The communities and the public should be vigilant as the city's pine trees are now being damaged through infestations, girdling, over-pruning and other man made activities," Pangan said.
Based on the recent DENR data, pine and some variety of trees around the city - 25 trees at the Burnham Park, 13 at the Botanical Garden and 13 others in the Loakan Road area- are dying either due to infestations, girdling, over-pruning, cementing closely around the base, among others.
In line with the preservation of the Benguet Pine Trees in the city, Pangan stressed that the DENR strongly recommend "re-surgery," especially to the century old trees, which can still be salvaged.
"We have to preserve such trees for their contribution to climate change mitigation. DENR has the technology to preserve those trees through re-surgery," Pangan said.
According to Pangan, DENR has already implemented such procedures on some of the city's trees, such as that in the SSS area, National Telecommunication Commission (NTC), Wright Park, Burnham Park and even in the neighboring municipality of Tublay.
Pangan stressed that the DENR is also advocating the planting or propagation of other plant varieties such as bamboo and the native sunflower or "Marapait."
Pangan explained that some species of bamboo, like the running bamboo, and the native sunflower are beneficial in degraded or slide areas. "We also have to maintain our native sunflower, as it is also a signature species in our area, in addition to the Benguet Pine Tree, and it can also enhance or improve the nutrients of our soil," she added.
In relation to saving or learning about the eco-system, Pangan called on the public to support the DENR's 5-hectare eco-park. "Through the eco-park you can learn so much about the importance of our environment and with a minimal fee, we can arrange a guided or eco-tour through the park, which offers medicinal plants, orchidarium, bamboo and palm, among others," Pangan added. (PIA) [top]