In the lead up to World Environment Day (June 5), more than 100 students from five schools joined Khao Yai and FREELAND staff to get their hands dirty planting trees on a 20 acre deforested area near the park boundary, where human encroachment had damaged the forest.
Tree planting during the rainy season (May-June) gives saplings the best chance to survive, thanks to reliably high rainfalls. Local villagers grew saplings for the reforestation from seeds, nurturing them for many months – now those saplings can spread their roots.
Luckily, the rain held off on this fun day for all involved; full of music, smiling faces and hands-on conservation. The participation of schools aims to build awareness about the importance of forest preservation for future generations.
With generous support from The Foundation and many small helping hands, FREELAND’s Khao Yai reforestation work is direct action to combat global warming and reclaim lost habitat for wildlife.