Afforestation

Afforestation

Forestry Commission > Afforestation

We are engaged in reversing forest loss in Ekiti State by working on afforestation in multiple ways – in our Reserves and plantations, in promoting agroforestry both in Reserves and Free Forest areas including farms and community lands, in educational tree planting with schools, and in making seedlings available commercially to willing planters. We raise fruit trees, exotic timber species such as Teak and Gmelina, but concentrate especially on our region’s indigenous tree species, which are more valuable and rarer. As the law states that a percentage of forestry revenues are returned for tree planting and maintenance, we are able to do some direct works. In 2021 we did 20 hectares of planting in Ogbesse Forest Reserve with this funding. We also raised and distributed 49,000 seedlings to willing growers. This is in addition to the NEWMAP afforestation of 250 hectares in Reserves and on Farms.