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The Jinju Experimental Forests include the Weora and the Gajwa Experimental Forests.

Weora Experimental Forest

The forest is located in the southern temperate forest region of Korea, surrounding Mt. Weora in Jinju city, Gyeongsangnam-do province. The northeastern side of the forest has a steep slope while the southwestern side has a mild slope. The Nam river flows adjoining the northern boundary of the forest. The forest retains the gene conservation plantation of multi-purpose tree species. One of the major projects ongoing in the forest is to develop technologies for growing medicinal and edible plants in the forest while raising trees.

left : Weora Experimental Forest location image, right : Gajwa Experimental Forest location image
Location

Munsan-up, Geumsan-myun, Jinseong-myun in Jinju city

Area : 722 ha
  • Gene conservation : 225 ha, Timber production : 80 ha, Nature conservation : 239 ha
Landscape : 178 ha

Forest origin
  • Artificial forest (31%) : 224 ha
  • Natural forest (69%) : 498 ha
Gajwa Experimental Forest

The forest is located at the foot of Mt. Cheonyong(116.8 m a.s.l.) in Jinju city. Because it has a plantation archive (126 ha) for a wide variety of bamboos including Phyllostachys pubescens, Phyllostachys bambusoides and Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis, research projects on bamboo forests have been actively conducted. The forest also functions as an urban forest and an educational site for students and the public by opening an arboretum and a medicinal plant garden.

Location

Gajwa-dong, Jinju city

Area : 27 ha

Forest origin
  • Almost all of the forests are artificial forests composed of Japanese cedar, Hinoki cypress, and bamboo etc

Major activities in the Jinju Experimental Forest

01 Ex situ conservation of forest genetic resources
02 Developing technologies for the control of forest insect pests and diseases occurring in the southern part of Korea
03 Establishing experimental sites for developing short-term income sources
04 Establishing and managing carbon sink forests
05 Developing new varieties of ornamental tree species
06 Establishing educational forests for students and the public

Major activities in the Gwangneung Experimental Forest image(01, 02, 02-1, 03, 03-1, 04, 05, 05-1, 06, 06-1)
  • 01A provenance test of hinoki cypress
  • 02A field test for the control of pine wilt disease by immersing the infected wood in the salt water
  • 02-1Chemical control of vector insects of pine wilt disease
  • 03, 03-1Gene conservation of bamboo trees
  • 04An experimental site for increasing biomass of yellow poplar
  • 05Model forests by function
  • 05-1A nursery of highyielding tree species
  • 06, 06-1Cultivating plant crops in the forest as a short-term income source for farmers
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