Set-up by APRIL Group, a leading producer of fiber, pulp and paper, RER is managed under 60-year ecosystem restoration licenses issued by the government of Indonesia. A key element of the program is the use of an integrated production protection ring landscape model, where plantation operations on the perimeter of the restoration area not only provide protection from fire and encroachment, but also support ecosystem restoration and forest protection. The RER program has achieved some extraordinary results since work began, including the documenting of the presence of hundreds of species of fauna and flora and the total absence of fire from the concessions. As of June 2018, there are now 757 recorded plants and animal species resident in the RER area, ranging from birds, reptiles to diversify trees and plants. Click read more below for additional detail.
Forester Grant Steeves of the JDI Sussex Woodlands office has discovered a rare plant population on JDI-managed Crown Land near Havelock, New Brunswick.
During his survey walk of a forest block last fall, Steeves noticed a low-ground plant with unique broad white stripes on its leaves. Having had rare plant identification training, Steeves was aware that this could be quite a find. Steeves took a photo of the plant and sent it to JDI Naturalist Kelly Honeyman, who then visited the site to confirm the rarity: a Downy Rattlesnake Plantain – classified as an S-1 plant (with five or less known populations in New Brunswick) – the rarest in the rare plant ranking system.
“It feels good to find such a rare plant,” said Steeves, a graduate of UNB Fredericton. “I’ve been looking for this for five years now, and I finally found one.”
To date, over 460 rare plant sites have been identified as part of the company’s work in a program that protects unique areas.”The discovery of the new location of this rare plant is very rewarding,” said JDI Naturalist Kelly Honeyman. “We are proud of our active on-the-ground training of rare plant identification in our woodlands.”
Each spring and summer, Honeyman and JDI Fish & Wildlife Manager John Gilbert team up to coordinate over 800 hours of training every year in each region JDI operates. The environmental training includes:
• Rare Plant Habitat Identification and Training
• Stick Nest Identification and Protection Policy
• Operating near watercourses, including vernal pools and wetlands
• Unique Areas Program
• Review of Species of Concern Guide
• Review of Forest Certification Process and Successes
JDI’s biodiversity strategy encompasses research, training, and the application of technology to ensure that our forestry operations meet our biodiversity objectives. JDI’s international award-winning Unique Areas Conservation Program has grown from 29 sites in the 1980’s to 1,182 sites in 2015.
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