The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Mori no Kaze

Implementing Urban Woodcutter Training Courses and a water source forest program

Activity grant

Project Description

This project leverages the advanced skills the group has cultivated by working afforestation contracts from forestry associations in order to pass on these skills and cultivate individuals who can engage in reforestation. It will hold 'Urban Woodcutter Training Courses', primarily for residents of towns and cities, teaching forest inventory, earthworking, tree-thinning, pruning, chainsaw use, and other subjects to provide participants with industry-ready forestry skills. By understanding and acquiring forestry skills in a short amount of time, graduates will be able to join the group's activities, widening the area covered.

Preservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2009 Activity Grants
Grant term
9 months
April 2010 - December 2010
Grant amount
1,002,000 yen
Activity region
The Hokusei region of Mie Prefecture, Japan
An Urban Woodcutter Training Course

Overview of the Organization

Hiroshi Kamata, Chairman (Director)
Hiroshi Kamata, Chairman (Director)
Establishment purpose
Neglected mountain forests and bamboo groves are a terrible sight. The natural environment cannot be allowed to deteriorate any further. It is important to leave abundant nature for future generations. Mori no Kaze maintains manmade forests and conducts basic forestry training (Urban Woodcutter Training Courses) to cultivate personnel.
Main area of activity
The Hokusei region of Mie Prefecture, Japan
18 full members
Annual operating budget
4.34 million yen in 2007, 5.23 million yen in 2008, 3.06 million yen in 2009
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) Holding dozens of Urban Woodcutter Training Courses each year
  • (2) Providing technical instruction to volunteer groups from Kuwana engaged in restoring forests on Tadosan
  • (3) Providing technical instruction for Tadosan Junior High School's forestry experience classes in Kuwana
  • (4) Providing technical instruction for local corporate CSR programs (forest conservation)
  • (5) Tree-thinning at the request of the Suzuka Forest Association