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Related questions on rewards for reforestation
1. Please look at our website under “Serving the Public,” then go to “Download Forms to Serve the Public,” “Reforestation,” “Awards for Reforestation.”
2. For laws and regulations pertaining to reforestation, please look at our website under “Forestry Regulations,” for the “Databank on Laws and Regulations of the Forestry Bureau,” “Rewards for Reforestation,” or under “Forestry Regulations,” “Administrative Regulations – Forestry Bureau” – “Rewards for Reforestation.”
How can I gather samples and conduct research in nature conservation areas?
According to Article 52 of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Law [文化資產保存法], it is stated, “It is forbidden to alter or destroy the natural habitats of nature preserves or conservation areas,” therefore the gathering of samples is forbidden. Please contact the Recreation Sections of Regional Offices to arrange for observations and research.
How can I obtain a National Parks Forest Trail Map?
Our Trail Maps were early products, with a small scale and low accuracy, especially after various geographical events and construction changes. All forest trails have since changed. Please direct inquiries to the Aerial Survey Office for an aerial survey map instead, or purchase a copy from our website. Please first obtain the relevant map number from the Forest Trails Section (02) 23515441 ext. 427~9. Aerial Survey Office address: No. 100-1, Heping W. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei City. Tel: (02) 23031935, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are the Forestry-related videos on our website sold on videotapes?
The forestry videos of the Bureau, including “The Call of Formosa” [福爾摩沙的呼喚] and “Care for Taiwan, Walk in the Forest” [關懷台灣．森林行腳] programs, are not sold to the public. For forestry organizations, academic groups or schools, as part of official business, research, or personal collection, we can provide copies. Such fees are to be borne by the requesting organization. The use of such videos may not infringe on the Bureau’s copyright or business interests. Please direct your requests to the Public Relations Section, Tel: (02) 23515441 ext. 214.
How can I obtain geographical information on forests?
All information on the geography of our forests is under the National Forestry Industry Basic Forest Maps [國有林事業區林班基本圖] and the 3rd Taiwan Forestry Resource and Land Use Investigation and Report [第三次台灣森林資源及土地利用調查資料]. In order to facilitate your request, please note the following:
1. For Basic Forest Maps: Please first note the areas of interest according to our Industry Zones, then place a formal request document to the Forestry Bureau, stating the purpose of the request, the required areas by Industry Zones, the requesting agency and contact phone number. There are two types of Basic Forest Data [林相資料]:
(2) Forest Census Data: Please call (02) 23515441 ext. 614.
2. 3rd Taiwan Forestry Resource and Land Use Investigation and Report: For research, please contact our Inventory Section, or browse our 3rd Taiwan Forestry Resource and Land Use Investigation and Report at the Historical Documents Library. If document images are needed (such as the Land Use Map, Soil Layer Electronic Map), please first submit a formal request to the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, with a copy to the Forestry Bureau. With permission from the Council, actual application can then be directed to the Forestry Bureau, Information Technology Section, Tel: (02) 23515441 ext. 528.
How would I go about using the content on the Bureau’s website or link to the Bureau’s web pages?
Since our content is compiled by the Bureau’s dedicated individuals and thus subject to periodic updates, we would suggest linking to us as the preferred method. If quoting from us or using our data, please state clearly the source of such information as the Forestry Bureau, website http://www.forest.gov.tw, to show respect to our intellectual property rights.
Activities not under the Bureau’s jurisdiction
1. Various activities regarding forestry research: Such questions are academic- and research- oriented, and since our Bureau is an executive office rather than a research bureau, we cannot provide complete information on such matters. Please direct related enquiries to the various Forestry Research Centers, Tel.: (02) 2303-3357, Global Network on Forestry Research [林業試驗所全球資訊網] website: http://www.tfri.gov.tw, the various Biological Research and Conservation Centers, Tel.: (049) 761-331, website: http://www.tesri.gov.tw, or enquire at various academic organizations such as National Taiwan University, National Chungsing University, National Wenhua University, or the Pingtung Technical University (Departments of Forestry).
2. Disease / Pest damage evaluation of trees: The Research Centers would provide such diagnostic and evaluation services. Please enquire at the “Global Network on Forestry Research” [林業試驗所全球資訊網], select “Plants Conservation Details” [植物保護資訊] then go to the “Tree Disease Diagnosis and Information Center” [林木疫情鑑定與資訊中心], and look for “Application for Tree Diseases and Pests Diagnosis Service” [林木病蟲害診斷服務申請表]. After completing the application form, send the form with samples of the damaged tree or the pest/disease to the Diagnosis Center for identification and advice on treatment. Global Network on Forestry Research website: http://www.tfri.gov.tw, address: No. 53, Nanhai Rd., Chungchen District, Taipei City. Tel: (02) 23817107.
How can I request free saplings?
Please refer to our website under “Services to the Public” [為民服務] then “How to request free saplings” [如何申請苗木], or to the “Forestry Bureau Services to the Public Handbook” [林務局便民服務手冊] then under the Reforestation Section [造林生產組] and look for “How to request free saplings for greening the land” [如何申請綠化苗木].
How can I become a Volunteer Forestry Worker?
Currently our training of volunteers is handled by the Regional Offices individually; the Bureau assists in a coordinating and supervising function only. Please contact your nearest Regional Office to join the ranks of our volunteers. The application periods differ according to the individual offices, but as long as you love the forest, are physically and mentally sound, and over 18, we welcome you to join us as a volunteer. Please direct enquiries to the Services Section of the appropriate Regional Office, or the Forest Recreation Service Section of the Bureau Tel.: (02) 2351544 ext. 342. As for the rights and responsibilities of a volunteer, please refer to our website, under “Volunteering Home” [森林志工的家]. We sincerely welcome you to help us love and protect our forests!
How can I purchase Basic Photographs and Maps of Taiwan?
1. Please select the “Services to the Public” menu at our website, go to “Online Applications and Services,” then “Purchase Basic Photographs.”
2. You may purchase them directly from the Aerial Survey Office, address: No. 100-1 Heping W. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei City (Near the corner of Nanhai Rd., across from the Flora Park.). Tel: (02) 23031935, (02) 23011270 exts. 502,503.
i. Private individuals and organizations may purchase unclassified basic photographs. Color prints, NT$300 each. Single-color developed prints, NT$550 each.
ii. Photographs classified as confidential can be sold only to organizations, schools, or public offices, with official application and permission.
3. For photographs classified as secret or above, please direct your inquiries to the Ministry of Defense.
How can I apply for a Forest Reconstruction Loan?
1. Eligible loan recipients: All individuals, companies, groups, organizations and schools that are managing private or public forests, or renting land to replant forests, may apply for this loan.
2. Application forms: Please obtain the application form from any branch of the Land Bank, the Forestry Department of any County Government Agricultural Bureau, or any Farmer’s Cooperative that is contracted to provide the Forest Reconstruction Loan as an agent of Land Bank. You may request assistance from such offices in filling out the forms.
3. The application should be directed to: the local Land Bank branch of your official residence, or the local Farmer’s Cooperative that is contracted to provide such loans.
4. Necessary documents: Application form, Forest Replanting Plan Drawing or Survey Chart, documents proving right of ownership or agreement from owner(s).
5. Rates: For forest replanting the loan rate is at 3% per annum.
6. Loan amount: The maximum amount that can be borrowed is NT$5 million.
7. Method of approval: The receiving bank will redirect the information to the appropriate Forestry Bureau agency, appending a recommended loan figure based on the annual published replanting costs. The receiving bank will manage the gathering of collateral, credit checks and making the loan according to appropriate regulations.
8. For further information on such loans, please refer to the topic “Reforestation Loans,” under “Reforestation Services,” below “Services to the Public” and “Download Applications.”
Related questions on flatlands reforestation
1. As our nation entered the WTO, farming lands have had production quotas revised down, and thus we began the flatlands reforestation drive to alleviate the agricultural products imbalance, increase greenery on the flatlands, and develop the leisure industry with the cooperation of industry, culture, and nature.
2. Targets: (1) All lands not classified as “hilly terrain,” according to the Law on Conservation of Water and Soil Resources [水土保持法] Article 3 Section 3, are farmlands not limited by the term limits of the Plans and Provisions of Dry Farmland [水旱田利用調整後續計畫]. (2) Based on reforestation by groups and organizations, the minimum area should be 2 hectares, or over 5 hectares within one land zone.
3. For further details please refer to our website under “Giving to the Forest – Reforestation on Flatlands” [以森相許-平地景觀造林活動] or see the Rules and Regulations of Forestry [林業法規], Administrative Regulations, Forestry Bureau [行政規定-林業處] – Awards for Reforestation.
The construction and development of the National Forest Trail System
1. Beginning this year, the Forestry Bureau is assisting in the Doubling Tourists Plan [觀光客倍增計畫], part of the National Developments Plan – Challenge 2008 [挑戰二○○八－國家重點發展計畫], thus aggressively constructing the National Trail System, in order to let the numerous forest trails become avenues for experiencing nature, examining wildlife, understanding culture, increasing health, and providing leisure. The National Forest Trail System will integrate inhabited areas, roads, transit stations, other paths, cultural assets, and others as part of the system planning; making the Trail System the product, living environments and transit stations the advertising, and roads and other paths the connections. This structure is not limited to the Trail System itself, but rather a way to make the trails more accessible and more complete as a system for experiencing a complete environmental and leisure network, hoping to improve accessibility and use by the general public.
2. Actual construction details include:
i. Forming a system of management for the Trails, rules of use, maintenance system, and location, design, standards, and mapping of public service locations.
ii. Investigating the natural and cultural resources: A thorough research and investigation into the natural and cultural resources near such trails, and planning of resource management along the Trail System based on such data, in order to achieve sustainability.
iii. Blueprint of the National Forest Trail System: After the aforementioned evaluations, the actual trails are then planned.
iv. Constructing the Trail System: Selecting suitable material for the habitat and conforming to the principles of conservation to construct the Trail System. Also to provide or increase the educational explanations and tourist safety infrastructure.
v. Maintenance, Management and Monitoring: To maintain the trails in a state of good repair, to assure the safety of users, extend the lifespan of hardware, and monitor use data to make evaluations on trail usage.
vi. Construct databases and websites: Construct the Environment Education Database, and through websites and links provide a channel for information on tourism and education.
vii. Environmental education and public relations: Setup conferences and seminars to train guides in environmental education or cultural heritage, and create many educational activities and diverse tours. Also integrate village cultures to create a win-win scenario for villagers, environment and tourists alike.
viii. Public participation and trail adoption: Provide many channels for public participation, and promote cooperation among organizations. Also, through the Trail Adoption program, provide the public with a sense of ownership and enhance understanding of nature and environmental issues.
3. Through the development of the National Trail System, in coordination with related agencies, integrate natural leisure areas, and develop suitable tourism themes accordingly, in order to fully grow and nurture our natural and cultural resources while considering conservation, economic development and social welfare, thus achieving the dream of a new, greener Taiwan.
Are there plants or saplings provided on Tree Planting Day?
Every year on Tree Planting Day, the Bureau provides various potted plants and saplings for the general public to adopt and cultivate. Locations include: the front gate of the Bureau, the square at the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, in front of National Taiwan University’s Forestry Building, and all Regional Offices of the Bureau. For details, as the day approaches, please see our website under “News” and also in all major newspapers.
Testing to become a Technician (Mountain Ranger) at the Bureau, and work responsibilities
1. Work details: The Bureau’s Regional Technicians are divided into three categories – forestry, construction and transportation. The Forestry category includes mountain rangers, and responsibilities include: resource census, investigations on management projects, checks on protection forests, forest protection, cultivation, reforestation, execution of forest assets, forest recreation, forest conservation, information management, and ticketing at Forest Parks. The Construction category is mainly involved with surveys, drawings and supervision of construction of projects, utilities management, mechanical maintenance, and inventory. The Transportation category deals mainly with transportation issues between the various Regional Offices, issues of the forest railways, cars, transportation affairs, mechanical issues, station issues, and maintenance of roads.
2. Position: Technicians are trained workers, are classified as technical workers or general workers under the Regulations of Administrative Affairs [事務管理規則], and compensation will be given according to that classification. Retirement benefits will be provided according to Worker’s Basic Laws [勞動基準法] and any applicable articles and provisions in that Law.
3. Prerequisites for testing: All potential technicians should be qualified as the following: 1. Vocational School or above, with related diplomas in the position applied. 2. High School (vocational School) or above, with specialized training for more than three (3) months in the position applied, or documented experience in the position for over six (6) months. 3. For aborigines, the educational requirement is junior high school or above. 4. Age: under 40.
4. Subjects tested: Chinese, general law, specialized field, oral exam (interview) and a fitness test. In preparing for the specialized field category, one should prepare for two types of questions; general regulations regarding forestry, which can be found in related websites or books of such laws, and basic forestry knowledge, which can be obtained from textbooks of tests into the Forestry Bureau, or tests into the Forestry Department of various educational institutions.
5. Where to obtain information on tests: Open testing for technicians to serve at Regional Offices will be published on our website under ”News” (address: http://forest.gov.tw）, testing information will also be posted on the bulletin boards outside the various Regional Offices. Applications forms and testing information can be obtained from the personnel office of the appropriate Regional Office, and any further details such as date of test can also be obtained there.
How would I enter the Forestry Bureau?
Clerks of the Bureau: All clerks are assigned according to the Public Servant Higher/General Examinations [公務人員高等或普通考試] held each June by the Examination Yuan, in related disciplines, distributed according to law. Please direct your inquiries regarding such tests to the appropriate department at the Examination Yuan. As for technicians, please refer to this FAQ under “Testing to become a Technician.”
How would I find information related to ”Forestry Bureau’s Research Results”?
All research results are submitted to the requesting organization and to our Historical Documents Office upon completion of such research. We welcome you to come and use our Historical Documents Office, or you can direct your inquiries to the originator of the research request. If a research project is subsidized by the Council of Agriculture, it will be found in the annual “Summary Report on Agricultural Technological Research (and Construction) Planning, and Results,” some years of this report are also available in our historical records. Bureau address: No. 2, Hanchou S. Rd., Chungchen District 100, Taipei City.
Do I need to apply for permits to enter nature conservation (preservation) zones?
According to Article 6 of the “Regulations Governing the Establishment and Maintenance of Taiwan’s Conservation Areas” [台灣省自然保護區設置管理辦法], permits from Regional Offices are required in order to enter Conservation Areas; please note on the application form if guides or other information are needed. The exception is the Mandarin Ducks Conservation Area, which is managed by the Forestry Conservation Section, Veterans Affairs Commission, Executive Yuan [行政院退除役官兵輔導委員會森林保育處], and applications for permits should be made there instead. Tel: (03) 9809606 ~ 8 Also, please go to our “Little Forest Encyclopedia” [森林小百科] at our website for information on various nature conservation (preservation) areas, and direct any further questions to our Regional Offices. Nature Conservation (Preservation) Areas are set up to protect the natural environment, and are generally only open for research or educational purposes. The Bureau has set up various Forest Recreation Parks throughout Taiwan, and we welcome your patronage at those parks. Your input is much appreciated.
What is the nature conservation system in Taiwan?
This system includes Nature Conservation Areas, Wild Animal Preservations, Important Animal Habitat Environments and National Forest Preserves. Please refer to the “Organization of Taiwan’s Natural Conservation Areas” [台灣地區自然保護區域設置概況] at our website’s Nature Conservation Network. For results of our research, please refer to “Research Results” [專案研究成果] at our website.
Forest areas not under Forestry Bureau jurisdiction
1. Shanping Nature Conservation Area: This park is situated in Kaohsiung County and falls under the jurisdiction of the Liouguei Research Center, Forestry Research Bureau. Please direct all enquiries accordingly. Liouguei Research Center Tel: (07) 6891028; Forestry Research Bureau operator: (02) 23033357, 23039978, ask for the Public Relations Division or visit www.tfri.gov.tw.
2. Fushan Flora Park: This park is situated in Ilan County, and is under the jurisdiction of the Fushan Research Center, Forestry Research Bureau. Please direct all inquiries accordingly. Fushan Research Center Tel: (039) 228-900; Forestry Research Bureau operator: (02) 23033357, 23039978, ask for the Marketing Division, or go to their website at http://www.tfri.gov.tw.
3. Simacouse: This location is classified as an Aboriginal Preserve, not a Forest Park, and is not part of the National Forest System (except for the “Holy Trees Cluster,” which is). We cannot provide tourism information on this area. To our understanding, Class-A Mountaineering Permits are needed in order to enter this area. Tourists are advised to enquire at the Hsinchu County Government Tourism Bureau, or local police stations.
4. Hsitou Forest Recreation Park: This park is managed by the Experimental Forest Management Office, National Taiwan University, thus please direct all enquiries accordingly, their website http://www-ms.cc.ntu.edu.tw/; operator: (049) 2642181, Hsitou Office Tel.: (049) 2612111.
5. Huisunlinchan Forest Recreation Park: This park is managed by the Experimental Forest Management Office, National Chungsing University, thus please direct all enquiries accordingly, their website http://exp-forest.nchu.edu.tw/; operator: (04) 22840397, Huisun Office Tel.: (049) 2941341.
6. Nanren Lake: This area falls under the jurisdiction of the Kenting National Park, thus all environmental education enquiries should be directed to the Conservation Education Section, Kenting National Park Management Office at (08) 8861321 ext. 242, or use the voice application hotline at (08) 8862048.