The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Miyagi Prefecture Forest Instructors Association

Bringing the environment and fulfillment to the next generation through the mountainside lifestyle

Activity grant

Project Description

Elevated areas serve an important purpose by allowing escape from tsunamis and supplying drinking water and fuel. Miyagi Prefecture Forest Instructors Association will develop a hybrid environmental education and disaster prevention forest incorporating educational and disaster prevention functionality. The association is building a "life-water network" of spring and well water, and carries out tree-planting activities in disaster-prone areas. The aim is to achieve disaster restoration and a better future.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 6 months
April 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
12,600,000 yen
Activity region
Miyagi Prefecture
Association members digging a well at Miyagi Prefecture Childrens' Forest

Overview of the Organization

Akira Kusaka, Chairman
Akira Kusaka, Chairman
Establishment purpose
Educate Miyagi residents on logging and forestry industries and provide social services to foster healthy and fulfilling lifestyles in harmony with the local environment
Main areas of activity
Miyagi Prefecture
11 full-time staff members, 22 part-time staff members, and 270 full members
Annual operating budget
58.5 million yen in 2008, 85 million yen in 2009, 86.5 million yen in 2010
WEB site
Main activities
  • (1) Logging and forestry education
  • (2) Tree-planting and silviculture activities
  • (3) Fostering awareness amongst supporters and successors in forestry and logging
  • (4) Supporting corporate forest-building initiatives
  • (5) Forest management activities (Miyagi Prefectural Forest; designated managers)
  • (6) Nature observation, adventuring, and craft event programs for parents/children and general citizens
  • (7) Support and execution of arbor day and other nature observation events for schools and local organizations