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Takao 100 years-Forest Project
This project involves the acquisition, restoration and conservation of a nearly 50-hectare tract of forest in the town of Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo. In 2006, Sagawa Express undertook this project to secure and protect this robust ecosystem as a means of contributing to society while exploring the many possibilities of satoyama woodlands.
After being used as coppiced forest, these formerly tended woodlands were left untouched for 40 years falling into disrepair. Today, however, nearly four hectares of land are being maintained by organizations, including non-governmental organizations, which work with local residents and volunteers to remove overgrowth and thin the forests. At the same time, a path through the area has also been created allowing it to be used for nature study and research.