Volume 23 No. 1 – Lesser-used Indigenous Species of Important Uses and Mindoro Pine
From various literatures we have known the expanse of forest species in the Philippines; this includes, those that are called lesser used tree species. However, in most cases, the usefulness of these lesser used trees species have been down played because people still prefer the commercial species which are believed to have better values.
There is a need to review this notion about lesser used species. Today, these species are being looked into as alternatives for reforestation or afforestation and conservation because these are endemic in the area and therefore growth and survival is assured. Further, the wise use of lesser used species and timber of smaller diameter could lessen dependence on the commonly known hard and softwood trees.
Information on lesser used trees are featured in this RISE issue in order that tree farmers and plantation owners can start to study the value of these species.
Also in this issue, Mindoro pine is one of the endemic coniferous species in the Philippines. Quite different from the Benguet pine that is thriving in the Cordilleras and its cool climate, Mindoro pine is valued as the most tropical of all pines. In the Philippines, the species can be found in Mindoro and Zambales provinces.
The wood of Mindoro pine caters to various uses. It can be used for pulp and paper, furniture, fancy panels as well as for light construction materials.
We invite our readers to study these species and consider growing them for propagation in the nurseries and eventually, for tree planting activities.