Paulownia Reforestation Project (“PRP”)
Purpose: The purpose of the Paulownia Reforestation Project (“PRP”) is the achievement of global reforestation through Project Partnering in the application and development of environmentally sustainable agro-forestry and silviculture practices that demonstrate economic self-sufficiency. Additionally, we offer a viable solution to Global Warming via the miracle Paulownia Tree.
Regionalized Propagation Nurseries
The heart of the PRP plant genetics and propagation technology was originally developed over two decades at a research and development Paulownia nursery in Rosedale, California. The propagation stocks, which are cloned from tissue cultures developed in California, will be produced at regional propagation nurseries such as our Kauai, Hawaii headquarters. All of the new starts required within a region will be produced in close proximity to where reforestation projects are being established. Stocks from regional propagation nurseries will then be transferred for planting to the PRP Field Services group assisting a non-profit or commercial alliance partner.
Image The PRP headquarter nursery, and SAFE training facility has been established in the South Pacific with a fully functioning propagation nursery. PRP envisions establishing numerous regional propagation nurseries within the first 2 years of the program, established through it's partner project S.A.F.E. (Sustainable Alternative Farming Experience) with a minimum of seven in the United States and a minimum of eight international facilities.
Regionalized Field Services
Once the tree stocks have been prepared for planting at the regional nurseries, it is essential that a qualified team is on-site to assure the success of reforestation efforts. PRP will assemble regionalized on-site teams under the heading of Field Services. These teams will be responsible for the shoulder-to-shoulder relationships with growers, providing hands-on training as well as organizational support.
Our reforestation goals will be achieved through myriad applications of the Paulownia tree, an extraordinary natural resource with a recorded history dating back to 500 BC in China .
The techniques used by the PRP will reclaim deforested, desert, and degraded lands while simultaneously relieving pressure upon local and indigenous forests. Additionally, jobs will be created that invigorate the environment through the production of sustainable sources of wood and food (via inter-cropping with Paulownia). Paulownia is applied in two areas where efforts of reforestation are mutually beneficial to the local and global communities. These areas are:
1. Non-Profit Alliances ~ 15+ Million Trees: PRP Paulownia tree stocks, produced at regionalized propagation nurseries, and training programs, timber farm and native reforestation technologies, provided by PRP Field Services, will be donated to strategic planting partners worldwide in order to accelerate global reforestation. Image
Additionally, PRP tree stocks and technical services will be donated directly to tragedy relief groups through the UN and other organizations dedicated to land remediation through reforestation. Our relationship with Peace Portal, P3, and Worldwide Developers Foundation provides the organic benefit to PRP of ongoing alliances with like-minded, globally active, non-profit partners.
Many of our alliance partners have a proven track record in reforestation and maintain an active presence in the geographic and cultural area(s) of their interest.
Initially, via these alliances, PRP will export and donate inventory, facilities, and expertise, as in-kind goods and services, to areas of need worldwide.
Ultimately, the same PRP Paulownia tree stocks, training programs, nurseries, timber farm and native reforestation technologies will be provided to other groups, such as, Amerindians, their indigenous global counterparts, as well as inner-city programs.
2. Commercial Alliances (RLP Fund) ~ 10+ Million Trees: The impetus for introducing reforestation into the commerce of a region is based upon the need to produce timber products locally, thus stimulating local economics and removing pressure from native and reclaimed forestry preserves.
Image PRP will stimulate proactive reforestation efforts by providing a Revolving Loan Program (“RLP”) in areas where indigenous people have limited or no timber resources and where farmers contend with depressed agricultural conditions. The self-liquidating RLP loans will be applied to preparing lands and providing training where commercial joint-venture timber farms and plantations consist of fast-growing Paulownia.
Image As may be appropriate in individual regions, inter-cropping with Paulownia may be applied to the development of fruit and nut orchards as well as more traditional food-source crops. Loan recipients begin repayment with their first timber harvest, often occurring after the first year’s growth due to Paulownia’s ability to regenerate with straighter, faster growth after coppicing (cutting at ground level).
These repayments will be used to maintain the RLP Fund and to produce additional tree stocks, thereby enabling additional RLP allotments and expanding the program to other regions. This process offers significant cultural and economic gains to local communities and their farmers, and simultaneously, increases the number of trees on the planet, heals localized environmental scars, and provides a path toward environmental sustainability.
Paulownia Fortunei for
Global Warming/Climate Change Solutions
Our goal is to respond to global warming emergency and build toward a sustainable future. Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise and concentration of CO2 and other thermally active gases in the atmosphere are increasing. If the warming trend continues and CO2 emissions are not addressed global climate change could result.
Several types of policy instruments have been offered for consideration in the attempt to exercise control over this threat.
Examples include: CO2 taxes for big CO2 producing corporations, CO2 credits and subsidies for the use of non-fossil fuels, etc. Many of these are directed toward national emission reductions to fulfill the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. Global scale reductions in greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions are the aim of policies to achieve abatement of the potent impacts of global warming.
"This is a good step however counties that have excessively high emissions are not responding and reduction is simply not enough to call the Kyoto protocol a solution for global warming."
CO2 credits do not accomplish the actual sequestration of CO2 and other harmful gases and dusts emitted into the our daily air supply and atmosphere.
We understand the process of CO2 sequestration and feel the Kyoto protocol is at best a valiant effort towards our global urgency to reduce and sequester CO2 and other harmful gases and dusts.
To further the CO2 credits frenzy is to mask the problem. (This is simply not enough) We need a global reforestation initiation and a global protocol that works.
The only solution is to sequester the CO2 and harmful gases and dusts directly out of the air through tree planting and production of low emission fuels. We need to direct the attention toward high CO2 sink points and out put areas around the globe.
Initiate global reforestation and cut Global emissions A.S.A.P.
Paulownia is the highest CO2 exchange tree available.
We are networking and conducting a complete study of planetary thermodynamics (heat studies) and meteorology (weather studies) to find specific locations for paulownia tree planting projects.
And we invite anyone with knowledge in these fields to help this process develop into a strategic plan.