Forests Increase

The DPRK is directing efforts to creating and protecting forests.

The country set the period from Juche 104 (2015) to Juche 113 (2024) as that for forest restoration, and plans to make all the mountains thickly wooded by planting trees.

The first-stage task had already been successfully carried out and the second-stage campaign, the final stage, has been going full steam ahead from Juche 107 (2018).

In the course of this, many achievements have been made in the forest creation and conservation.

Tree nurseries which put sapling production on a scientific, industrial and intensive basis have mushroomed across the country so as to lay a firm foundation for producing and providing saplings needed in the afforestation.

Kangwon and North Hamgyong provinces built tree nurseries covering an area of tens of hectares. Each of them is provided with all conditions, including sapling greenhouse, outdoor cultivation ground, circular cutting bed, light substrate production ground, seed selection and sowing ground, with an annual production capacity of over 20 millions of saplings.

Kim Song Jong, director of Seed Selection and Sapling Growing Bureau of General Bureau of Forestry under the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, said: Large-scale tree nurseries were built in seven provinces from Juche 106 (2017) to Juche 109 (2020), and parent tree nurseries and sapling greenhouses in many cities and counties including Mundok County of South Phyongan Province and Thaechon County of North Phyongan Province. In case the tree nurseries which are under construction are brought to completion, they will be in a position to produce billions of saplings of over 150 species a year.

Valuable sci-tech achievements have been applied into the forestry sector to build up the material and technical foundations beyond measure.

During the period of forest restoration, over 130 research findings were introduced, including the establishment of technical process for planting trees of major species in all seasons, technologies of mass-breeding Populus sieboldii and producing chestnut seed by means of germinal grafting, etc.

With the campaign for forest restoration in full swing, good species of wild fruit trees of great economic value are being planted on a large scale.

Jagang Province created over 60 hectares of Aronia melanocarpa forest last year by producing over 155 000 saplings and Ryanggang Province planted sea buckthorn saplings in over 70 hectares.

The work to plant such wild fruit trees as chestnut, pine-nut, wild grape, tara vine and other useful trees goes full steam in a planned way ahead across the country.

Prevention of forest fire and pest damage are also in full swing.

At present, forest creation and its protection and management are being conducted as an undertaking embracing all the people, and many units have been awarded the title of Forest of Socialist Patriotism in recognition of their contribution to covering their local areas with trees and flowers.

Kim Song Jun, deputy director of the General Bureau of Forestry under the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, said: Over million hectares of forests have been created up to now since the forest restoration campaign started. All the mountains of the country will turn into “gold mountains” and” treasure mountains” in the near future.

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