Working with Baijitan Tree Farm, we continued our desert control effort in 2017. The reforestation site is located at Daliumaozi sand area, Baijitan Nature Reserve, Lingwu, Ningxia. Over 200,000 shrubs have been planted, covering a total area of 66.7 hectares.
In year 2018,the total survival rate of forest 2017-NX is 52.20%. Among the species, Caragana Korshinskii Kom's survival rate is 53.04%，and Calligonum arborescens Litv's is 44.44%.
Caragana's average height is 27.57cm，and its average radius is 8.03cm. Calligonum's average height is 56.125cm , and its average radius is 10.97cm. We should keep in mind that Calligonum is a pioneer species. As a result, when ecological conditions improve, Calligonum will be substituted by local species. Forest's planting density is 6,240 shrubs per hectare, and the survival density is 3,255 shrubs per hectare. These results have far exceeded our planting goal, which was 2,700 shrubs per hectare.
MTP has also completed the ecological survey, finding out that, forest coverage is 33.03%. This means forest has been restored from sandy land to semi-fixed sandy land. We expect that the coverage will continue to increase, and the afforested area will no longer be a moving dune or an exposed sand land. We discovered four different species in our forest.The population of species will keep rising and reach a new equilibrium.