[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Korea Forest Service announced on April 3 that it would intensively crack down on illegal harvesting of forest products and unauthorized entrance into the restricted area of a mountain until the end of May, as the number of people visiting a mountain in spring is expected to increase rapidly.
It also plans to crack down on making fires and smoking to prevent forest fires in the spring, on entry into control areas without permission, and on illegal transportation of pine trees. Accordingly, the Korea Forest Service will cooperate with local governments and put in more than 1,200 forest special police from this month.
A regulation team will be jointly operated with the local governments to enforce the crackdown. The government will punish severely if illegal activities are caught.
“It is illegal and subject to punishment to collect forest products without the consent of the owner, so we hope to protect precious forest together through proper forest use,” said an officer of the Korea Forest Service. “Penalties of up to 200,000 won will be imposed if illegal entry into a restricted area is caught.”
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