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Forest of Toyota (Japan)

Facilities

Satoyama Learning Center Eco-no-Mori House

The Eco-no-Mori House opened in 2003 as a hub for disseminating information on "Forest of Toyota" activities.
The House can be used to learn about global environmental problems and lifestyles that make use of the power of plants (biomass) as well as Forest of Toyota initiatives.

Exterior of the Satoyama Learning Center Eco-no-Mori HouseExterior of the Satoyama Learning
Center Eco-no-Mori House

Entrance and open deckEntrance and open deck

Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 4:00 p.m.)

Closed

Saturdays, Sundays, and during company holiday periods

Map of Forest of Toyota

Map of Forest of Toyota

(PDF, 2.48 MB / 1 p.)

Forestry

In the total area of 45-hectare (112-acre), the 15-hectare (37-acre) model forest has been maintained by dividing into 3 zones: Zone A for forestry, Zone B for conservation, and Zone C for utilization. Experiments in forestry know-how which was developed at the model forest and other ecology attempts has been conducted in the other 30-hectare (75-acre) forest.

Click on the numbers and letters to see partial introductions for each item.

a. Forestry Zone b. Conservation Zone c. Utilization Zone a1:Quercus Specimen Forest a2:Quercus Nursery a3:Original Area a4:Bamboo Use a7:Naturalization Forests A a8:Natural Rhododendron Growth a9:Naturalization Forests B b1:Conservation of Ise Bay Area Element species b2:Star Magnolia Conservation c1:Charcoal Use c2:Water Quality Improvement Using Charcoals

a. Forestry Zone a. Forestry Zone

Taking basic measures to bring more light and wind into the forest.

Oak trees (Quercus) are planted as examples of acorn-producing trees.

Seeds of Quercus, or acorns, are sown to produce seedlings.

No change is made to original condition as a control.

A bamboo forests is maintained as an experiment field to explore wise uses of bamboo.

Forests growth is directed in pursuit of forests where coniferous trees and broad-leaved trees are mixed in adequate manners.

Invasive trees are removed in favor of better growth of rhododendrons.

Forests growth is directed in pursuit of forests where coniferous trees and broad-leaved trees are mixed in adequate manners.

b. Conservation Zone b. Conservation Zone

Taking measures centering on the habitat area to cultivate, protect, and conserve precious plant and animal life.

Sufficient sunlight is induced to reach and maintain habitats for star magnolia and other plant species unique to Ise-Bay surrounding areas.

Star Magnolias are grown in this area. The flower blossoms in early spring and is designated for a species threatened with extinction by the Ministry of Environment.

c. Utilization Zone c. Utilization Zone

Examining methods of utilizing forest resources.

Explanation of charcoal making facilities is given.

Charcoals are used to filtrate water.