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Forest of Toyota Project
Toyota Motor Corporation
The Forest of Toyota is a company-owned forest on the outskirts of Toyota-city. Of the 76-hectare plot, some 15 hectares are forest that has been maintained as a model of so-called satoyama woodlands since October 1997. A nature guide is stationed on site to support nature study activities and monitor the results of forest maintenance activities.
This project seeks to establish new, viable means of harnessing restored satoyama this century to benefit urban environments and as a means of coexisting with nature. This forest is open to the public as a model forest and features a number of unique zones highlighting natural characteristics for visitors to observe.
In addition, the project features a number of sections where data is collected in conjunction with pilot activities, such as one attempting to use charcoal to improve water quality. Broad implementation of forest maintenance activities has led to the revival of plants that thrive in broad-leaved deciduous forests as well as a robust ecosystem with wildlife.