THE City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) is working on the establishment of more tree nurseries as well as a tree laboratory in Baguio to bolster the city’s tree-planting and proliferation efforts ahead of the planting season later in the year.
City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) Forester Floro Bastian said that a newly-constructed model tree nursery is set to house some 8,000 seedlings, while the city is constructing another that can house some 10,000 seedlings. More seedlings are also being housed in the city’s Busol and Botanical Garden greenhouses.
The facilities are aiming to be ready by June when the planting season starts as civil society groups look forward to planting trees in coordination with the CEPMO.
Benguet Pine (Pinus Kesiya), Narra, Weeping Willow or bottle brush, cypress, coffee and several fruit bearing seedlings are being grown in the green houses and provided for free to planters.
The CEPMO and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are also working to establish a tree laboratory that will house, grow and propagate indigenous and endangered tree species for planting in the city.
The tree laboratory will also be providing lectures to students and interested individuals and groups in the public.