Thanks to multiple measures, such as bans on cutting and increased public awareness, the red pine, a protected species, has recovered a little in Yichun, Heilongjiang province, after decades of deforestation. Yichun is home to vast natural forests. More than 84 percent of the area within its boundaries is forested today, and the number is growing…Full Article: ECNS.cn Aug 2017

Key Points

  • In September 2004, the government of Yichun, Heilongjiang Province, banned red pine logging.
  • From 1948 to 2004, according to the city government of Yichun, Heilongjiang Province, red pine coverage declined from 1.1 million hectares (ha) to ~40,000 ha.

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  • In March 2015, China announced it would halt commercial logging of natural forests in key areas by 2020. As of March 2015, China had 4,855 state forest farms non-cultivated land. In addition, China had approximately 87 “key forest zones” that produce logs.
  • In April 2014, Heilongjiang Province announced it would ban commercial logging of its natural forests. Heilongjiang Province has 18.5 million hectares of (state-owned) forests.
  • In 2009, Yichun, Heilongjiang Province, reportedly had ~100,000 ha of red pine forests.

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