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Based on its abundant Salix mongolica resources and scientific and technological strength, Ordos has successfully explored a desertification control road that integrates desertification control and development of sand industry.

The Salix mongolica timber-oriented production project uses the abundant Salix mongolica resources in Ordos and its physiological property of stubble rejuvenation, and relies on the manufacturing and equipment technology of the timber-oriented Salix mongolica provided by the Tianjin Research Institute for Advanced Equipment of Tsinghua University. The green modified Salix mongolica timber-oriented production base with a capacity of 500 cubic meters is to be established in three phases in 5 years with an investment of 1.5 billion yuan. In the first phase, with an investment of 440 million yuan, the Salix mongolica timber-oriented production project with an annual output of 100,000 cubic meters will be built in 2 years, and 2 Salix mongolica timber-oriented production lines with medium and high end energy-saving windows and doors and structural laminated wood as the main targeted market completed before 2017. With an investment of 530 million Yuan in each phase, the second phase and the third phase will increase the production of Salix mongolica recombinant by 200,000 cubic meters each phase, focus on developing the market for green building structure profiles, expand the market application of new materials in high-end manufacturing industry, such as high-speed railway and ships, so as to build a national sand industry demonstration base with an area of 6,667 to 20,000 ha. From Salix mongolica to wood profiles, the ecological chain to the biological chain, product chain to the industrial chain, Salix mongolica has successfully completed two huge leaps to become a “green bank” for Ordos. With the Salix mongolica industry getting bigger and bigger, Ordos has successfully stepped on a road to new ecological construction and industrialization development with “increases in desert afforestation, value of resources, enterprise efficiency, income of farmers and herdsmen, and the taxes revenue of government”. (Forestry.gov.cn - Inner Mongolia daily)

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People planting Salix mongolica to prevent wind and fix sands on Kubuqi Desert of Dalad Banner, Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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