Quang Tri has planted over 7,200 ha of concentrated forest and 2.7 million dispersed trees (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri has planted over 7,200 ha of concentrated forest and 2.7 million dispersed trees, the largest area recorded so far.

In addition, the province has allocated more than 93,000 ha of forest for organisations and individuals to care for and protect, contributing to maintaining its forest coverage of over 50 percent.

Vinh Linh is one of the districts reporting the largest area of planted forest in the province, with about 1,500 ha of concentrated forest and more than 800,000 dispersed trees, raising its coverage to 52 percent.

To do the work well, since the outset of the year, Quang Tri has focused on zoning off areas for afforestation, tilling the land and preparing seedlings.

Following its forestry restructuring plan, the province has gradually shifted from growing forests to provide woodchip materials to planting large-timber forests and those meeting Forestry Steward Council (FSC) requirements, as well as formed concentrated material areas serving the wood processing industry.

The locality now has more than 111,000 ha of planted forest, mainly Acacia hybrid and cajuput trees. It has formed concentrated material forest areas, with 6,000 ha exploited each year for over 850,000 cu.m of timber.

Quang Tri also boasts more than 22,000 ha of large-timber and FSC forests, accounting for 11 percent of the country’s total of its kind.

A representative from the provincial Agricultural Promotion Centre, FSC forest creates an average income of 150-200 million VND per ha within 10 years, two or three times higher than normal forest. In addition, it also helps reduce erosion, thus protecting the ecological environment and prevent climate change.

Abundant timber sources from planted forest have helped the province’s wood processing and export rank second in the country.

At present, Quang Tri has two MDF wood plants and 27 flywood and woodchip processing factories. Local wood products have gained firm foothold in the domestic market and been exported to choosy markets such as the US, the EU, Japan and the Republic of Korea.-VNA