The RFRI participated in the Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society’s conservation forum and workshop on native plants last September 15, 2012 held at the Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens (NUEBG) in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. The event proposed to present the general state of northwesterniana area vegetation, discuss appropriate rainforest restoration strategies to its different ecosystems, formulate work plans towards conservation programme, and establish linkages with local communities in pursuing these plant conservations projects in their area. The forum and workshop was organized by PNPCSI, Northwestern University and NUEBG, and the target participants were environmental advocacy groups, DENR field officers and MENROs of Ilocos Norte province.
Professional members of the PNPCSI provided the following presentations:
Dr. James LaFrankie- Planting Trees: Native and Exotic
Dr. Antonio Manila- National Greening Program with Native Trees
Arch. Partick Gozon- Native Trees for Landscaping
Field Botanist Ulysses Ferreras- The Current State of Philippine Botany
NUEBG Director and Curator Michael Calaramo- NUEBG In-situ and Ex-situ Conservation Project
Other members of RFRI also presented, including Dr. Paciencia Milan, who discussed “Mainstreaming Native Tree Species: A Paradigm Shift in Forest Restoration,” and Ms. Metchie Arnaiz, who briefly presented on the Rain Forest Restoration Initiative members advocacy on using native species in different forest restoration techniques.