Largest forest reserve in Japan announced

A forest reserve area of about 240,000 hectares will be established in national forests extending from the Daisetsu to Hidaka mountain ranges in Hokkaido next month, it has been learned.

The planned conservation area will be the largest of its kind in the nation. It will increase by 2.5 times the current area of such reserves, to an area greater than that of Tokyo, which is about 220,000 hectares.

The Forestry Agency will designate the zones as forest biodiversity protection areas to protect old-growth forests with abundant biodiversity.

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