The government granted the Foundation its first permit to cut 3% of the mono-culture forest. When people heard they offered to buy the standing trees, then hire a cutter, then sell the logs for them to travel to the central city for re-sale and milling.
We said no thank you, the Foundation will do all of that itself and keep the value-add locally. The new skill sets will be learned, applied and the finished product will be marketed so as to benefit the local community.
No more of the traditional way of clear-cutting and selling of logs at the lowest possible price. Instead, top quality products hand crafted locally are the new game.
Use of small quantities of the forest, converted locally to finished products; conversion of the felled area to producers (fruit, nut, sap, biomass, medicinal, herbal), and the expansion of the project into more barren land where the soil is in need of rehabilitation is the cycling that actually reforests progressively while self-funding after the initial pilot in a particular project area is completed.