June 26, 2022
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Twenty Phyong of Tree Nursery and Hundreds of Hectares of Green Forest

Date: 25/05/2022 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

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In Sijung County of Jagang Province you can see hundreds of hectares of thick forests of larch, pine nut tree and black walnut tree. However, few people know that forests owe their creation to a twenty phyong (a phyong equals 3.954 sq. yds) of tree nursery.

One spring day over two decades ago Ryang Chang Dok, forest ranger of the Sijung County Forest Management Station, voluntarily took charge of hundreds of hectares of barren forests for protection of reservoir.

At first he reclaimed a 20 phyong of field for growing saplings.

Seeing him removing stones from the field and making furrows in it, his wife asked him what seeds they would plant.

Then the man said, “What about planting larch seeds? Imagine the young saplings planted on this field growing into armful-thick trees.”

He sincerely planted the seeds in the field. To solve the shortage of the seeds he travelled a lot of different places. And he steadily studied the techniques related to sapling production and afforestation, and tended the tree nursery tenaciously.

The forests gradually increased in area. So he created another wide nursery between forests.

Now he planted lots of larch and pine nut tree saplings from the nursery on the mountains. He broke with the previous method of planting trees towards the beginning of April every year in the northern mountainous region and planted them from early March as soon as the earth melts by introducing a new method of planting trees by relying on thawing snow. Thus he ensured the rate of rooting of saplings at over 95%.

Whenever people advise him to work with frequent rests, saying he will hardly be befitted from the trees in his lifetime, he says, “Taking care of forest is different from a year’s farming. Though we do not benefit from it, our descendants will do.”

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