Furusato Hokkaido 10-Million-Tree Planting Project

Outline

Outline
Tree-planting event in riverside woods in Kuromatsunai Town (August 2013)

The goal of the Furusato Hokkaido 10-Million-Tree Planting Project is to help plant 10 million trees in locations all over Hokkaido over the course of 20 years.
Although we had initially intended to plant one million trees over 10 years, we stepped up tree-planting activities via the Hokkaido Aid Fund and managed to plant over 400,000 trees in one year alone in 2009. With that in mind, we extended the 10-year timeframe to 20 years, and made plans to achieve one million trees before moving on to two million and eventually 10 million.

Specific initiatives have included tree-planting activities in conjunction with towns, villages and other local authorities, and with private organizations (NPOs, volunteer groups, etc.). We have also advertised to invite people to take part in planned activities, including local tree-planting events, planting trees in parks and along streets, and providing support through the Hokkaido Aid Fund.
The lush green expanses of Hokkaido are an immeasurable source of inspiration for us. Interacting with nature helps to sooth the soul as well. By working with local people on activities such as these, we want to do our bit to promote local communication and breathe life into local communities.

Partnership Agreement with the City of Sapporo – Project to create a greener city center

On March 28, 2008, we signed a Partnership Agreement with the City of Sapporo, at a ceremony at Sapporo City Hall. The agreement pledged that we would work together on joint projects to make Sapporo a more pleasant and vibrant city and set out the following three initiatives in the field of tree-planting and environmental conservation.

  1. Plant cherry trees to mark the 50th anniversary of Hokkaido Sapporo Asahigaoka High School (115 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees)
  2. Create a greener city center (tree-planting in Soseigawa Park – completed in FY2010; tree-planting around Sapporo Station – completed in FY2011)
  3. Organizing an environmental summit for children (special project to coincide with the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, involving exchange between children from all over the world at Moerenuma Park)

Presentation ceremony for trees in Soseigawa Park (November 6, 2009) / Presentation ceremony for trees around Sapporo Station (March 1, 2012)

Presentation ceremony for trees around Sapporo Station
Presentation ceremony for trees around Sapporo Station
Offering a prayer to make this a relaxing place for local people and tourists
Offering a prayer to make this a relaxing place for local people and tourists

Planning to create a city center alive with greenery

The above-ground area around Sapporo Station
The above-ground area around Sapporo Station
Soseigawa Park
Soseigawa Park

Donating stone monuments to organizations assisting with tree-planting

We have donated stone monuments from the NITORI Hokkaido Aid Fund to organizations and local authorities that have assisted with tree-planting activities as a token of our gratitude.
Of the 179 municipalities in Hokkaido, 88 (49%) have set aside designated areas for planting trees. We will keep on providing support so that we can continue to expand tree planting throughout Hokkaido.

Donating stone monuments to organizations assisting with tree-planting

(1) Wassamu
(1) Wassamu
Afforestation project – Wassamu Town Hall (2008)
(2) Tsukigata
(2) Tsukigata
Campaign to promote greenery – Tsukigata Town Hall (2009)
(3) Naganuma
(3) Naganuma
Tree-planting event to create a lakeside forest where people can hear birdsong
River Protection Organization Rivernet 21 Naganuma (2013)
(4) Kamifurano
(4) Kamifurano
Maruichi Flowers and Greenery, Kamifurano Town (2010)
(5) Minamifurano
(5) Minamifurano
Commemorative tree-planting ceremony with Hokkaido Nippon-Ham – Minamifurano Town Hall (2011)
(6) Kamikawa
(6) Kamikawa
Project to improve the forest scenery in the Asahigaoka area – Kamikawa Town Hall (2010)
(7) Engaru
(7) Engaru
Project to brighten up the lives of disabled children and their learning environment – Himawari School for Mentally Disabled Children (2009)
(8) Rikubetsu
(8) Rikubetsu
Project to improve the town’s forest environment – Rikubetsu Town Hall (2009)
(9) Hamanaka
(9) Hamanaka
Hamanaka Tulip Plan 21 (2013)
(10) Shikaoi
(10) Shikaoi
Project to plant trees in Shikaoi Agricultural Park (tentative name) – Shikaoi Town Hall (2010)
(11) Taiki
(11) Taiki
Taiki tree-planting event – Taiki Town Hall (2008)

Tree-planting activities

FY Municipality General Total
Projects Trees planted Projects Trees planted Projects Trees planted
2007 5 3,265 17 20,724 22 23,989
2008 54 79,028 21 23,665 75 102,693
2009 57 414,455 18 15,004 75 429,459
2010 69 407,857 17 14,994 86 422,851
2011 72 387,226 17 6,551 89 393,777
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 65 399,056 23 4,195 88 403,251
2014 67 437,620 11 727 78 438,347
2015 80 573,734 7 3,351 87 577,085
2016 71 520,489 6 2,251 77 522,740
2017 73 552,085 5 2,373 78 554,458
Total 613 3,774,815 142 93,835 755 3,868,650