Korean mountains are prone to soil erosion since they are mostly young forests with steep slopes. Topsoil loss due to soil erosion has reduced soil fertility and ultimately led to forest degradation. Since the 1950s, the erosion control project was carried out under a strong restriction to restore degraded forests in South Korea. It has been internationally recognized as one of the most successful erosion control project after the Korean War. However, frequent forest disasters such as land slides and floods still constantly threaten the life of the people.
The KFS has been consolidating the systematic forest land management and facilitating erosion control projects as precautionary measures. In addition, quick responses and effective recovery actions are undertaken to prevent the hazards of reoccurrences. Such efforts have contributed to not only controlling forest disasters but also maintaining splendid landscapes and lessening damage to the property of the people.