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Dec 23, 2021
Since 2005, Hitachi High-Tech has been engaged in a 60-year afforestation program, in an area of approximately 2.3ha loaned to the company by the national government. We have named this area, which is located in Ishioka city, Ibaraki Prefecture, “Hitachi High-Tech Yasato Forest”.
Most of the trees are cypress and through continuous pruning and thinning over the 16 years since planting the seedlings, the area absorbs 13 tons of CO2 per year. With the aim of nurturing an ever-richer forest, we are carrying out an upgrade plan with the cooperation of the Japan Ecosystem Association. Based on survey results of the area, we will implement plans to improve elements of Hitachi High-Tech Yasato Forest (forest ground plants, etc.) to make an even better environment for biodiversity to thrive.
Under strict measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, 12 volunteer employees from Hitachi High-Tech Headquarters, Naka Aria, and Group companies participated in the activities on October 18th.
This time we were able to carry out part of the activities, under supervision of the forest management office and Forest union who taught the correct way to cut the trees. Although we were only there for a short time, we were able to contribute to the regeneration of the natural environment.
Through this activity, participants were able to experience firsthand the nurturing of a forest, raise their awareness of biodiversity conservation activities, and deepen fellowship among participants.
After listening to lectures, various surveying work begins.
The Forest Management Office and Union explain how to correctly cut the tree.
Elements required to increase biodiversity are checked.
Commemorative photo of all participants.