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Japanese Conservation Group Meets with VA Forestry Reps

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A delegation of members from the Ecosystem Conservation Society in Japan paid a visit to the Virginia Department of Forestry Offices in Charlottesville Friday to learn about building more environmentally friendly communities.

They met with representatives from the Virginia Department of Forestry, who gave a presentation on what communities in central Virginia did to limit their environmental impact.

Ecosystem Conservation Society President Hobun Ikeya says what they learn from this trip will be vital toward solving a very serious problem in Japan.

"In Tokyo, you hardly hear anything like birds and singing, so it's a really serious and terrible situation. So when we go back and usually we meet from time to time with the Prime Minister or the governor of Tokyo. I strongly urge them to adopt this green infrastructure,” said Ikeya.

The group visit to Charlottesville is the end of a tour of several communities along the East Coast.

After the meeting, Department of Forestry staff took them through a forest in Nelson County.

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