The forest tending project facilitates tree growth, improves the economic value of timber production, and increases the social value and public benefits of forest including water storage enhancement, disaster prevention, biodiversity, job creation, etc. The KFS made the public value of 73 trillion won as of 2008. Since young forests aged less than 30 years old account for 59% of the total forest area in Korea, forest tending is significantly important.
To promote systematic tending in multi-functional forests, the KFS established the first forest tending plan(2004~2008) in 2004 and processed forest tending activities in 1 million ha. The second forest tending plan(2009~2013) has been designed for responding to climate change, and 0.25 million ha of forests are tended every year and in total 1.25 million ha of forests will be managed as planned. Byproducts from tending activities are used for industrial purposes, and wood-based biomass are also utilized for production of wood pellet as fuel substitute, which contributes to moving up Low Carbon Green Growth.
[Unit:: billion KRW(Korean Won), billion USD]