Supported by 18 forest sponsors, the Million Tree Project continued its desert control efforts to work with Baijitan Tree Farm in 2018. Another 200,000 shrubs have been planted, covering a total area of 66.7 hectares in Baijitan Nature Reserve.
图1： 百万植树计划宁夏项目2018年林地示意图 Image 1: Map of the Million Tree Project Ningxia Forest of Year 2018
图2：林地纪念碑 Image 2：Forest Plaque
According to local climate condition and hydrologic regime, we choose to plant a mix of shrubs and grass on the straw girds constructed to control sand movements. In every forest, we need to plant four times to make sure there could be more than 180 shrubs survived per Mu.
Until October 30th 2018，we have finished the construction of straw grids and sown seeds of Caragana Korshinskii Kom and Hedysarum scoparium in the straw grids in the raining season. The planting density is two meter by one meter, which means 200 to 300 grids per Mu have been sown seeds in. In addition, 1kg Artemisia ordosica seeds have been broadcasted per Mu. One worker can do about 300 squares per day. It took approximately 40 workers around 50 days to finish the work.
During March or April 2019, we will plant one-year-old bare root seedlings of Caragana Korshinskii Kom and Hedysarum scoparium and plant Calligonum mongolicum cuttings in the grids where seeds fail to germinate.
In August 2019, we will plant more bare root or container seedlings of Caragana Korshinskii Kom and Hedysarum scoparium if necessary, and also with some Artemisia ordosica seeds broadcasting.
And the fourth round of planting will be carried out in November 2019 if needed.
图3 ：草方格近景及全景 Image 3：Straw Grids‘ Close Shot & Overview 2018.11.21
From September 1st to 9th, 63 volunteers from 7 sponsor companies and 1 school joined this year’s planting trip. All of these individuals came together and faced various hardships to construct straw grids, plant shrubs, and trek in the desert. They also visited the desert museum and learned about sand control efforts in Lingwu and nationwide.
图四：志愿者合影及刚发芽的灌木 Image 4, Group photo of planters in Ningxia & Newly planted shrub
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