Poisoned pine forest recovered well after being rescued

September 08, 2023 - 10:19
The affected pine forest is located in Lộc Ngãi and Lộc Phú communes within Bảo Lâm District.
A forest manager checks poisoned trees. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Dũng

LÂM ĐỒNG — Most of the poisoned natural pine trees have successfully recovered after receiving rescue treatments, according to the Lâm Đồng Province Sub-department of Forest Protection, as reported on Thursday.

The affected pine forest is located in Lộc Ngãi and Lộc Phú communes within Bảo Lâm District.

Specifically, in Lộc Ngãi Commune, which is under the management of the Hà Phong Joint Stock Company, forest managers have successfully restored 116 out of 231 three-leaf pine trees that were initially poisoned.

In Lộc Phú Commune, managed by the Đam’bri Protective Forest Management Board, they have rescued 145 out of the 167 damaged trees.

Currently, forest managers and specialised teams are closely monitoring the situation to take necessary measures to further protect the pine trees from any potential harm.

Previously, on July 20, the Vietnam News Agency reported that the natural pine forests in these two communes had been continuously poisoned. Some individuals had drilled holes into the tree trunks and poured chemicals into them, causing the trees to be on the brink of death. The total affected area amounted to nearly 18,000 square meters.

According to local authorities' statistics, nearly 400 decades-old natural three-leaf pine trees were subjected to poisoning.

Upon the discovery of this incident, the forest protection force swiftly implemented temporary measures to rescue the affected trees. They employed chisels and hewing equipment to widen the drilled holes and then applied oil to prevent the chemicals from further penetrating the tree stems.

Subsequently, the provincial Sub-department of Cultivation and Plant Protection provided guidance on how to treat the poisoned pine trees.

These protective measures were carried out two to three times a day.

In connection with this case, Deputy Chairman of the Lâm Đồng Province People's Committee, Nguyễn Ngọc Phúc, on July 21 issued an urgent document requesting the Bảo Lâm District People's Committee to temporarily suspend the chairpersons of the Lộc Phú and Lộc Ngãi people's committees from their duties to conduct an inspection and clarify the responsibilities of organisations and individuals in accordance with the regulations. — VNS