Locals in southern Hokkaido plan to hold training seminars for small-scale forestry operators to help ensure sustainable management of forest resources.

The seminars will be held for a total of eight days between Aug. 28 and Oct. 10 in Nanae on the southern tip of Hokkaido by a local group promoting sustainable forestry.

Seeds & Soil's Kaori Nakagawa (L) and Saori Meguro.

The group, launched in March, is supported by Seeds & Soil, a local forestry planning firm co-headed by Kaori Nakagawa and Saori Meguro.

The seminars will be held on every aspect of forestry ranging from logging to marketing. Overall management and chainsaw operations will be taught on Aug. 28 and 29, logging, processing and transportation on Sept. 18 and 19, and forest road construction on Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Small-scale forestry by local forest owners or non-owner residents, as opposed to large-scale forestry by commercial operators, is said to help ensure sustainable forest management by avoiding excessive logging.

"Small-scale forestry is drawing attention as it is feasible as a side job," Seeds & Soil's Nakagawa said, inviting people interested in forestry to attend the seminars.

The Hokkaido Shimbun Press

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