Since its estabilishment in December 1948 the Central Forest Design and Technology Institute has actively conducted the work of establishing a nationwide forestry strategy by surveying all forest resources in the country. It also surveys and grasps the state of changes in forest resources so as to help take nationwide measures for the management of forest resources. And by resolving in a unified way the sci-tech problems arising in designing in the forestry sector, it has played a big role in afforestation in the country
In its early days researchers of the institute conducted a survey of the country’s forest resources in a short span of time, thus laying a firm foundation for mobilizing and using the forest resources including timber in a planned way during the building of a new Korea. This constitutes the beginning of forest survey, the basis of forestry management, in the country.
Later the researchers carried out the survey of forests in Ryanggang Province in contact with the provincial forest resources survey company, and thus mapped out the sectionspecific technical designs related to plantations, natural regeneration, cutting, prevention of forest fire and pest control. Then they conducted similar surveys and designing in Pyongyang, Kanggye, Hamhung, Chongjin, Hyesan and Sariwon, thus making it possible to do afforestation and conserve and use forests in a far-sighted way.
In 2013 when the construction of the Masikryong Ski Resort was under way in real earnest, the researchers were tasked to make a scale model of a windbreak to be created to protect the slopes against strong wind and draw up a plan for the relevant tree planting. It was really hard to survey ski slopes one by one while climbing up and down mountain ridges over 1 000 metres high on average. They, however, managed to conduct field surveys crossing the ridges scores of times, true to the intention of the Workers’ Party of Korea to provide the people with a cultured life by constructing a wonderful ski resort as soon as possible. Thus they made a contribution to the completion of the project in a set time.
In 2015 the country declared a forest restoration campaign as a war to improve nature, and all the people turned out in the campaign to turn the mountains across the country into “gold mountains” and “treasure mountains.” At that time the researchers were at a loss to know what to begin with in making the plan of the forest restoration. Ho Man Sok, director of the institute, said, “As we have a history and tradition of designing the afforestation of the country, we will never fail to produce an excellent design for covering the country with trees. To this end we have to make a concerted effort to carry out the survey and research for forest restoration.”
The researchers developed an electronic map of the nature of the forests for the first time in the forestry sector as required by the era of science and technology, and made bold plans of forest resources survey and technical designing. On the basis of this they completed a map of the master plan of the nationwide forest restoration campaign, and revised and supplemented South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, Kangwon, South Phyongan and other provinces’ plans of forest restoration campaign as required by the developing era, thus completing a phased plan of the nationwide forest restoration campaign on a high level.
In the course of this they computerized the compiling of statistics of the general survey of forest resources and the drawing of the map of the nature of the forests, built a database relating to the forestry sector and developed a forest resources management information system.
While designing forest restoration, many of the researchers received state certificates of registration of science and technology, of introduction of sci-tech achievement, and of sci-tech invention.
Article: Sim Yong Jin