The ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Quang Ninh province (Photo: www.laodong.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has approved a project to preserve ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Uong Bi city of the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The project will be implemented at a cost of about 26.26 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in 2017-2021. The funding will be used to care for the 237 living red pine trees, upgrade infrastructure of existing nursery gardens, cultivate seedlings of the species and collect red pine trees that grow in the wild.

The project aims to develop the precious tree species at the Yen Tu National Forest for scientific research and studies, as well as increase forest coverage and improve ecology.

At the same time, the effort is expected to contribute to promoting the biological values and cultural and historical values of the Yen Tu relic site and raising public awareness of environmental protection, as well as help with local tourism development.-VNA