Shimukappu Woody Biomass Production Union
48-6 Shimukappu village Shimukapuro ,Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido
Shimukappumura is located roughly in the center of Hokkaido. The total area is 57,131 hectares (almost the same size as the 23 wards of Tokyo), and the forestry of Shimukappumura where trees occupy 94% of the total area, has its own role as a key local industry supporting the village together with agriculture.
These days young artificial forests planted throughout Japan after a period of long rapid economic growth in the 1970s and 80s have not been carefully handled and have become heavily forested mountains. It is a real problem that these woodlands, which are valuable natural resources, have been neglected. Therefore, in order to further expand the use of underutilized woodlands and timber from forest thinning, in 2014 the Shimukappumura Timber Biomass Production Association was set up with the aim of improving firewood production efficiency, and bringing in wood splitting machines and consolidating firewood production facilities.
In2016the Shimukappumura Timber Biomass Production Association also started to produce maple syrup from the burning of firewood. They collect sap from the village’s maple trees, and make maple syrup by boiling the sap for a long time.
The Shimukappumura Timber Biomass Production Association is shaking itself free from fossil fuels with the thought in mind of sustainability, and the view to harnessing recycling energy and tackling head on the effective use of local timber.