Jim Durand (Spanish Fork, Utah, USA) and Naomi Kerp (Booragoon, Australia) will work with Dr. Nguyen Van Sinh (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources) to restore native forest by learning what each native species requires to thrive. They will help document forest community and canopy composition in a venerable native forest, and this information will be used to set up a pilot project in forest restoration. Previous reforestation efforts have covered the mountains of Vietnam with mostly disease- and fire-prone trees that are also unsuitable for the small-scale tree farmer. May 14-22

Jim Durand's Diary
Naomi Kerp's Diary

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"BioBulletin" of Vietnam's Forests
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Pressures Facing Vietnam's Forests
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Earthwatch Institute

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