Since 1991, when our Regional Office was opened, we have managed an approximate 220,000 ha of national forests located in the Southwest region of the Korean Peninsula, including South and North Jeolla Provinces and part of South Gyeongsang Province.

There are diverse functions of forests: providing timber, absorbing carbon, recharging water resources, protecting biodiversity and pursuing forest welfare. In particular, these days, an increasing number of people are interested in forests as we have recently seen many emerging issues, such as climate change, fine dust and loss of biodiversity. In this regard, national forests play more important roles than ever.

We will make utmost efforts to share benefit from forests with all citizens by utilizing our national forests.

Also, we will become active and mutually reciprocal in engaging with local communities, relevant organizations and local governments and collecting public opinion/hearing your voices.

Thank you.

In-wook Hwang

Director General of Western Regional Office of Forest Service

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