Southern Luzon State University

Southern Luzon State University

SLSU Clonal Nursery Demonstrates Commitment to Environmental Conservation Through Tree Donation

In a powerful display of environmental stewardship, the SLSU Clonal Nursery has reaffirmed its dedication to conservation efforts by donating a significant number of native trees to VC Green Keepers Inc., a local organization known for its commitment to maintaining green spaces and promoting sustainability. This collaboration marks a milestone in the university's ongoing mission to foster ecological awareness and preserve natural habitats.

Amidst growing concerns about climate change and biodiversity loss, initiatives that prioritize the protection and restoration of ecosystems are more crucial than ever. Recognizing this urgency, the SLSU Clonal Nursery, renowned for its expertise in cultivating indigenous plant species, has taken proactive steps to contribute to these vital efforts.

On March 11, 2024, representatives from SLSU Clonal Nursery, led by For. Eraldwin A. Dimailig presented a diverse selection of native trees to VC Green Keepers Inc. The donation, consisting of 100 seedlings of various species including Banaba, Balitbitan, Bagawak-Morado, Kalumpitm Katmon, and Banaybanay, is aimed at enriching local green spaces, enhancing biodiversity, and mitigating environmental degradation.

For. Dimailig, Director of Office of Production Services and Project Leader of SLSU’s Clonal Nursery, emphasized the significance of the initiative, stating, “This will facilitate the tie up of Southern Luzon State University to those cities that need abundant green space for the development of sustainable cities of the country and this is also to promote the native trees for ecosystem restoration.”.

The native trees provided by SLSU Clonal Nursery are specially selected for their adaptability to the region’s climate and soil conditions, ensuring their resilience and long-term survival. This strategic approach aligns with the nursery’s broader mission of promoting sustainable landscaping practices and preserving native biodiversity.

In response to the donation, former Vice Mayor Tony Espiritu and representative from VC Green Keepers Inc. expressed gratitude for the support, stating, “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from SLSU Clonal Nursery. These native trees will play a vital role in our ongoing efforts to green urban areas, improve air quality, and create natural habitats for wildlife.”

The collaboration between SLSU Clonal Nursery and VC Green Keepers Inc. exemplifies the power of community partnerships in addressing environmental challenges. By working together, these organizations demonstrate that collective action can yield tangible benefits for both people and the planet.

As the world grapples with the consequences of climate change and habitat destruction, initiatives like the tree donation from SLSU Clonal Nursery serve as beacons of hope for a more sustainable future. By harnessing the expertise of institutions like SLSU Clonal Nursery and the dedication of organizations like VC Green Keepers Inc., communities can take meaningful steps towards preserving the natural world for generations to come. This collaboration not only enriches local ecosystems but also inspires others to join the movement towards environmental conservation and stewardship.

By: Aeriel Gilbert P. Dimaranan

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