Have you seen seeds that look like small flat discs (some are prickly, some are smooth)? Or a layer of small yellow flowers on the ground? Chances are there is a Narra Tree nearby: the National Tree of the Philippines!
The Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) is known to survive if planted in an open and infertile area. It is a resilient tree that blooms beautiful yellow flowers.
Unfortunately, illegal logging has placed the Narra as a Vulnerable species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
Did you know that native trees are better for our forests than exotic ones? They are more adapted to the tropical environment, strengthen local ecosystem services, and attract more biodiversity.
Meet more of our Forest Friends below!
More about the Forest Governance Project
Our Forest Friends awareness campaign is part of the Forest Governance Project or FOGOP. The project aims to increase local community participation in forest management and land use plans. It involves communities and forest areas in three (3) key locations: Mt. Irid-Angelo in Luzon, Mt. Siburan in Mindoro, and Mt. Hilong-hilong in Mindanao.
Learn more about FOGOP here.