Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz and the University of Guam are collaborating to restore and enhance more than 400 acres of Guam’s forests at the North Finegayan Forest Enhancement Site.
This is part of the largest forest restoration effort in the island’s recorded history, eventually covering 1,000 acres of Guam’s forests.
MCB Camp Blaz and experts from the UoG began working together in July of 2019 to remove invasive species and restore the native habitat. Enhancement efforts include the planting of culturally important species like the Intsia bijuga, Artocarpus mariannensis, and Elaeocarpus joga, more commonly known as ifit, dokdok, and yoga, respectively. “The North Finegayan FES project is the first attempt to improve the native habitat at a large scale,”Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas Forest Enhancement Program Manager Adrienne Loerzel, Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz “Many of the methods we are developing for this project could be used on Guam and in the rest of the Marianas, to improve the habitat for the islands’ native and endemic species.”
This is the first time many of these species have been studied by horticultural scientists. A suite of control methods for Vitex parviflora, also known as the molave tree, are being developed and can be implemented on a larger scale across Guam and in the Marianas.
Removal methods for additional invasive species on Guam like Mikania micrantha and Spathodea campanulata, also known as Mile-a-Minute vine and the African tulip tree, are also being researched.
Innovative methods to control invasive plant life include the usage of animals to disperse native Ficus tree seeds.