Every year, various species of beautiful birds, including woodpecker and hoopoe, flock to the mountains in Sangwol-ri, Rinsan County, North Hwanghae Province, and wild vine, tara vine and pear trees are heavily laden with fruits.
All these are associated with painstaking efforts of Kim Myong Ho who volunteered to work as a forest ranger with a determination to turn all the mountains in his hometown into useful ones.
Over the past 20 years, he has made the rounds of forests, climbing up and down tens of kilometres of mountain paths and, in spare time, devoted himself to growing saplings together with employees of the tree nursery.
He, together with his family members, carpeted sapling fields with fresh soil and manure till late at night in order to improve their fertility, and bred good saplings by introducing seed breeding, cottage and other advanced methods and applying root activators.
This year, he planted many saplings of good species, including Larix leptolepis, Kumya black pine, bamboo-willow tree, Aronia melanocarpa, etc.
Whenever he is advised to take care of himself while working, he says with a smile on his face: A voluntary work is not laborious. I can’t live apart from mountains, I think.
This year alone, a lot of fruits and various medicinal herbs and edible greens were collected in tens of hectares of chestnut, walnut, black walnut and pine-nut tree forests he has created.
He is a meritorious person of socialist patriotism.
Kim Myong Ho, forest ranger in Rinsan County
Forestry Management Station in North Hwanghae Province