University of the Philippines Los Baños
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:17

UPLB, EDC unveil book counterpart of tree biodiversity park

Students and enthusiasts who wish to know more about the rare tree species in the country can add another book to their cart: the “Book of Trees: UPLB-EDC Biodiversity Park.”

The book features the profiles, facts, origin, and uses of almost 100 endemic, endangered, and critically endangered tree species that are being nurtured at the UPLB-EDC BINHI Biodiversity Park, a tree repository park established by UPLB, UPLB Foundation, Inc., and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR).  

The 134-page full-color book was launched on Dec. 14 at CFNR’s AV Manza Hall. Executives and staff members of partner organizations and members of the media attended the said event.

Pastor Malabrigo, Jr., chair of the Department of Forest Biological Sciences, editor-in-chief and one of its authors, said that the book aims to increase awareness of the Park and the trees that were planted there two years ago. He said that the authors travelled from Batanes to Basilan to get samples of and obtain information about the featured trees.

The book will help forestry majors in studying trees, according to Dr. Willie Abasolo, dean of CFNR. He said that aside from reading the book, students can actually behold the trees upon visiting the nearby Park.

Present during the launch was Dr. Portia Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs and a forestry professor, who referred to the book as an important literature in forest protection and conservation. Dr. Lapitan represented Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. in the event.

Also present were EDC’s Ramon Carandang, vice president of the Corporate Affairs Group; Atty. Allan Barcena, senior manager of EDC-CAG and one of the book’s project managers; Dr. Henry Adornado, director of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau; Dr. Nathaniel Bantayan, professor; and Foresters Roberto Cereno and Rowena Esperanza Cabahug, directors of the Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability and the Institute of Agroforestry, respectively.

The rest of the authors, namely: For. Adriane Tobias, Asst. Prof. Arthur Glenn Umali, and For. Roniño Gibe; and project manager Prof. Juancho Balatibat, graced the event.

The “Book of Trees: UPLB-EDC Biodiversity Park” is published by the EDC. (KEAraguas)