I’ve been in charge of the project since Apr., in 2020, when I was the leader of our community association (自治会長). Many mountainous districts in Japan started planting trees from around 70 years ago, especially cedars or cypresses (杉や檜) under the sponsorship of the Farm Ministry of Japan. But, due to increase of cheap woods imported from abroad, the landowners haven’t entered the mountains to take care of the trees lately, so they say that quite a few regions in Japan have been devasted now. That’s why our community set up the “Revitalization Commitee of Our Village Forest”.
As the responsible person of the project, I often tried to walk along the strip roads to check the progress during the 1st work in 2020 and 2021. And one month has already passed in the 2nd work this year too, I climbed near the site along the mountain path yesterday. I found no less than 10 thick trees collapsed, crossing the path, which must be a big obstacle for hikers. So, I asked the forestry cooperative to cut them and remove away.
Since it was clear and brisk weather, I tried to walk a bit far after the working site. I was very lucky enough to happen to find a good place from where I could see Mt. Ibuki and even a tall tower of an Elevator factory in Maibara city. I met no one nor no wild bears during the investigation walk. (^-^;