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Premier opens new forest park on Taiwan's southern plains

TAIPEI--Premier Jiang Yi-huah opened a forest park on the plains of Pingtung County in southern Taiwan on Saturday, the last of its kind to be launched under a long-term development project.

The Linhousilin Forest Park was the last of three forest parks on Taiwan's plains to be established as part of 12 major development projects initiated by the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou to stimulate Taiwan's economy.

The other two are Danongdafu Forest Park in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan and Aogu Wetland and Forest Park in Chiayi County in southern Taiwan.

Noting that the three new forest parks have expanded the area of forestation in low-lying areas of Taiwan to 28,000 hectares, Jiang said the forests help promote health and have created a new agriculture concept that combines culture with leisure tourism.

The premier and his wife then planted trees and toured the park, lauding its beauty.

The size of the forest park is 1,005 hectares, and was originally a pineapple farm owned by the state-owned Taiwan Sugar Co.

Some 85 hectares of the park have been opened to the public in its initial stage, with a total of 230,000 trees representing 20 different species planted.

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