Kotori no Mori (Forest for Birds): 13 December, 2015

Koji Nagahata

The entrance of the Kotori no Mori
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The groups of "Eco Expedition" (the environmental education programs for senior children at elementary school hosted by the division of the environment of Fukushima city since 2001. I'm one of the main instructors.) visited the Kotori no Mori as a part of the program of the day. It was first time for me to hear childrens voices at this forest.
The decontamination work at the forest was progressing. The contaminated topsoil was removed at the ground around the entrance. The lowest radiation level at the ground around the entrance was around 0.14 μSv/h. This level was not so different from that of Shinhama park or Fukushima University.
According to a staff of the nature center of this forest, some birds do not like the sounds of the decontamination works, and therefore they may move to other forests. To avoid this, staffs of the forest discussed deeply with the decontamination staffs about the timings of decontamination work.
A staff of the nature center told that if clean soil would scattered after removal of the contaminated soil, there is high possibility that alian plants would infest the forest. Staffs of the forest thought this is the possible worst impact of the decontamination work. Therefore, they plan not to scatter the clean soil after the decontamination work.
The monitoring post at the parking area showed 0.191 μSv/h.

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