GANSU, February 15 -- Back into the 1970s and 1980s, a sand dune named Eight-Step Sand in Tengger Desert of Gansu Province moved gradually southward, which posed a great threat to the local people.
GuoWangang, 65 years old now, has been striving for desertification control in the Eight-step Sand Desert Forest Farm for 30 years, turning a 75 thousand mu desert into a vigorous forest farm. In recent years, more than 30,000 people have moved here.(Yang Yanmin/xinhua)
The picture shows the vigorous Eight-step Sand Desert Forest Farm. (Yang Yanmin/xinhua)
Six local seniors including the father of GuoWangang established the forest farm themselves in the form of Household Contract. They took the responsibility of combating desertification through exploring ways to prevent desertification, such as technique of combination of grass and shrub.(Yang Yanmin/xinhua)
Their insistence brings about significant effects, the local villages around and land have been well protected. (Yang Yanmin/xinhua)
“Desertification control is a long process, which is very hard and needs to consist in it for a life-long time.”GuoWangang said. (Yang Yanmin/xinhua)
The Eight-step Sand Desert Forest Farm has become a green barrier for the local people. (Yang Yanmin/xinhua)