Local Forest Conservation

Experience has taught the older generation of the IICs of Kapangan the need for conserving forests. This wisdom was passed on to the next generations. Local taboos and beliefs have played important roles in the preservation of the forests. These served as measures in minimizing damage done in forest area since the people are discouraged from doing certain activities detrimental to the environment for fear of some sort of punishment. Thus, only what is needed should be obtained from the forest. Only the matured trees are cut down in building houses. The old practices also include the use of crude tools such as axes or bolos to cut trees.

However, certain beliefs which are not directly related to supernatural ideas have also contributed to forest conservation. For instance, the old folks believed that “mother trees” should be taken care of and preserved for them to bear seeds that would turn into full-grown trees.