The Korean service personnel and people are keenly feeling the patriotic devotion of the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to creating a new history of forest restoration in the country.
In November Juche 103 (2014) the Supreme Leader visited the Central Tree Nursery and gave important instructions on expanding the forest resources. Afterwards, on February 26 Juche 104 (2015) he gave a talk to senior officials of the Party, army and state economic organs, titled, Let the Entire Party, the Whole Army and All the People Conduct a Vigorous Forest Restoration Campaign to Cover the Mountains of the Country with Green Woods, in which he unfolded a magnificent blueprint for turning all the mountains into “treasure mountains,” into “gold mountains,” within the coming ten years. Noting that we can no longer back off from the issue related with the forests and that no one can claim that he is a master of the country, nor can he speak about patriotism, as long as the forests are left as they are, he proclaimed the forest restoration campaign as a war to improve nature, in order not to hand down the coming generations bare mountains, piles of earth.
According to his unshakeable will and resolution, the DPRK has advanced afforestation as an important issue of the Party’s policy, a national strategic task.
The Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the DPRK National Defence Commission and the KPA Supreme Headquarters issued a joint resolution calling on the entire Party, the whole army and all the people to turn out in a dynamic forest restoration campaign, and powerful headquarters for the campaign were formed. And afforestation plans were worked out based on a correct analysis of the state of the mountains throughout the country as well as patriotic enthusiasm of the people and realistic possibilities.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who specified the tasks for successfully conducting forest restoration roused the entire army and all the people to its implementation.
On Tree-planting Day (March 2) in Juche 104 (2015) he visited a KPA unit to plant trees of good species he brought with him. Last year he went to the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School on Tree-planting Day and planted trees with the students. Planting a tree himself for a good while, digging, watering and firming soil, he said to the students that what is important in planting trees is the number of trees having taken their roots, not that of planted ones.
During his visit to an island-defending unit of the Korean People’s Army on the East Sea of Korea, the Supreme Leader, greatly satisfied that the place was thick with trees, instructed that the island should be turned into green woods by planting trees in larger numbers. And at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp he encouraged the officials to plant many trees in the compound in autumn. Not only the service personnel on the island and officials of the camp, but also the entire army and all the people turned out in forest restoration campaign, learning from the ennobling example set by the Supreme Leader.
Within a few years trees were planted in the area of hundreds of thousands of hectares throughout the country, and many cities and counties overfulfilled their tree-planting assignments. Tree Nursery No. 122 of the Korean People’s Army has been built as the nursery in the 21st century in keeping with the requirements of the era of the knowledge economy, and other local tree nurseries have consolidated their material and technical foundations to expand the production capacity of saplings.
Thanks to the nationwide efforts, the task for the first stage of the forest restoration campaign was completed last year.
Witnessing sea changes being brought about in all parts of the country, the Korean people are fully convinced that a new history of “gold mountains,” “treasure mountains” is being created on this land along with the great Kim Jong Un’s era and are making more energetic efforts for forest restoration.
Thanks to the far-reaching plan, ennobling patriotism and ardent love for the people and the rising generation cherished by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, a more prosperous future is coming closer.
Article & photo: Choe Kwang Ho