Inner Mongolia's forest area ranks first in the country
The Maanshan Forest Farm boasts lush forests, after years of green efforts. [Photo/Inner Mongolia Daily]
The forest area in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region had already reached 408 million mu (27.2 million hectares) in 2020, ranking first in the country.
This is according to a report by the Inner Mongolia Daily to mark the 11th World Forest Day, which fell on March 21.
Since the State Council promulgated the implementation measures for the national voluntary tree planting movement in 1981, about 399 million people in Inner Mongolia have participated in voluntary tree planting activities, and the number of seedlings planted has reached 2.04 billion.
As an important area to control sandstorms in Beijing and Tianjin, the forest coverage rate of the Maanshan Forest Farm in Chifeng city has reached 98.7 percent, after years of continuous protection and management.
In recent years, the Daqing Mountain National Nature Reserve in Inner Mongolia has completed ecological restoration in a 1.21-million land area, through various measures.
An ancient tree at the Maanshan Forest Farm is affixed with a protection sign. [Photo/Inner Mongolia Daily]
They include closing access to mountains for afforestation purposes, grass planting, restoration of mine wastelands and mountains that were damaged by natural disasters, which have effectively improved the self-recovery ability of the ecosystem.
In 2022, Inner Mongolia completed afforestation in a 4.74-million-mu area, and planted grass in a 17.16-million-mu area, both exceeding the national annual target.
Meanwhile, the autonomous region also completed desertification control efforts in a 7.5-million-mu area, ranking first in the country.
In 2023, Inner Mongolia plans to afforest more than 3 million mu of land, plant more than 13 million mu of grass, and prevent and control desertification by more than 5 million mu, to further improve the effectiveness of ecological construction.
A man patrols the Maanshan Forest Farm to prevent fires. [Photo/Inner Mongolia Daily]