Climate change and energy issues are not our only concerns. We also pay close attention to biodiversity because of the impacts that business activities can have on vital natural resources. Tree-planting and water-recycling initiatives at our plants in the 1960s, and our Community Forest program launched in 1976 demonstrate the deep roots of our commitment to environmental conservation and living in harmony with local communities. In 2011, we created the Honda Biodiversity Guidelines as part of the contributions we strive to make to global environmental conservation, a goal set forth in our Honda Environment Statement.
The Hello Woods property is classified into three types of forest: mixed forest mostly of deciduous broad-leaf trees, climax forest of large live oaks, and neglected coniferous forest. From the mixed forest, Quercus acutissima and Quercus serrata can be used for firewood and charcoal, and a new generation of trees is always growing. The climax forest surrounds the racing circuit, and helps reduce and block noise. The neglected coniferous forest will be transformed into a sustainable resource through felling and other improvements. Having the forests on this one property fulfill diverse roles is meaningful for children’s environmental education. It also contributes to a healthier forest. Local characteristics must also be given due consideration when cultivating a forest. Experiments conducted at Hello Woods showed differences in the growth characteristics of Japanese beech seedlings transplanted from the Sea of Japan and Pacific sides of the island to the same location. While those from the Sea of Japan side can withstand the weight of snow, those from the Pacific side cannot, with some trunks splitting from accumulated snowfall. It is important to select varieties that are appropriate for the location when introducing plants, and locally grown stock is preferable.
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