This ecotourism destination is comprised of different habitat and vegetation type. There’s an ‘agriforest’- a combination of agricultural land and forest area which gives off a wide array of fruit and tree plantation that serves as protection and shelter in the wild.
In fact, over 1,000 hectares of trees with close to 200 species have contributed to Mapawa’s transformation into a thriving watershed and nature reserve. The collection of plant species include native, endemic and exotic species. ‘Balete’ or Banyan tree is the highlight native species. Some of the indigenous species in the area are the Narra, Jugao, and Malataro trees and some exotic species include Gemilina, Mahogany, and Manjew trees. Secondary forest displays varied range of tree species focused on a centuries-old heritage tree, the “Old Dao”. This living artifact was proclaimed to be a rare link to the past to be protected, nurtured and preserved. The vast tree plantation of Mapawa is indeed a showcase for natural forest conservation and preservation.