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FAQs

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Open hours of Recreation Parks, and travel/hotel information

Please refer to our homepage, under “VISIT”and click on the Park you would like to visit. You may also direct your requests to the reply-by-fax hotlines: Taipei (02) 23568167, Luodong (03) 9559167, Hsinchu (03) 5281167, Dongshih (04) 25247163, Nantou (04) 22811534, Chiayi (05) 2781359, Pingtung (08) 7668167, Taitung (089) 337167, Hualien (038) 334167.

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]:
(1) Basic Map files: Please call (02) 23515441 ext. 528;
(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contact our Inventory Section, or browse our 3rd Taiwan Forestry Resource and Land Use Investigation and Report at the Historical Documents Library.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.

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.”

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.

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”. 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.
(1). Private individuals and organizations may purchase unclassified basic photographs. Color prints, NT$300 each. Single-color developed prints, NT$550 each.
(2). 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.
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