Heilongjiang Province in northeast China will ban commercial logging of its natural forests from Tuesday [1 April 2014]. Excessive logging over long periods have sharply reduced forest resources and downgraded quality of state forests in the province, said Zhao Shucong, chief of the state forestry administration. “To protect the ecosystem and insure sustainable development of forests, it is urgent that commercial logging be stopped,” Zhao told a press conference in Beijing on Monday…Full Article: The Global Times Mar 2013

Key point

  • According to the article, Heilongjiang Province has 18.5 million hectares of (state-owned) forests.

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  • China’s timber production is largely located in the southern regions of the country. In 2011, Guangxi province produced 15.2 million cubic meters of timber or 19% of China’s total timber output. Guangdong province produced 7.3 million cubic meters (9% of China’s output), while Hunan, Fujian, and Yunnan provinces produced 5.9 million to 5.3 million cubic meters of timber (7% output each).

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