||About The SMPS
||The Shirakami Mountains Preservation
Shirakami Mountains, located in the northern part of Honshu Island, is one of Japan's very
few remaining natural forests consisting primarily of beech trees. The Shirakami beech
forests boast a healthy diversity of approximately 500 species of vegetation. The region
is also home to many vertebrates, including two of Japan's indigenous mammals? Japanese
mountain goats and monkeys. The Shirakami Mountains also provide a habitat for golden
eagles and black woodpeckers, which are threatened with extinction now. There
are over 2000 species of insects. The rich diversity of the natural ecosystems of the
Shirakami Mountains makes it a valuable piece of Japan's ecological heritage.
Shirakami Mountains Preservation Society (SMPS) wants to help
preserve the natural beauty of the Shirakami Mountains and, at the same time, provide
opportunities for ecology-minded people to explore the region. At the moment, there is a
serious shortage of skilled ecology guides and the need for creating a guide-training
program is obvious. SMPS has the following plan for a guide program.
Volunteer Ecology Guide Program:
Shirakami ecology guide preparatory committee chooses seminar instructors and organizes
The Program trains 10 to 15 guides each year. Fifty to 75 skilled guides will be produced
in five years. Ecology tours began in 1999.
(3) Public cooperation:
We want to seek understanding and cooperation by local and national governmental agencies, apply for a
public grant, and set up an administrative office in Aomori.
(4) Office functions:
Office functions include lectures, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, ecology tours,
guidebooks, Internet web pages, videos & slides, publications on the Shirakami. The
administrative office is scheduled to open in 2000. If you’re
interested, please feel free to get in touch with me [firstname.lastname@example.org].