China to fell 3 million trees

The Times reports that China plans to cut down more than three million trees in order to rid key ecological sites of non-native species.  For example, black poplars, introduced from Europe for the paper industry, will be felled around Dongting Lake in Hunan province which is a flood basin for the Yangtze River.  The lake was once a habitat for migratory birds, but the region became an important economic hub in the 1980s.  Over time reed beds and trees were cleared, wetlands were drained and in some places the lake was walled in.




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