Lin’an is located at the western suburb of Hangzhou, which is the source of Taihu Lake and Qiantang River. The area of Lin’an is 3126.8 km2 and has a population of 530,000. In terms of the development characteristics, Lin’an is a typical representative of southern collective forests. The forest land area of Lin’an is 260,000 ha (the collective forest land area occupies 95% of the total forest area), the forest stock volume is 10.20 million m3, and the forest cover 76.55% of total land area. Lin’an has two state-level nature reserves -Tianmu Mountain and Qingliang Peak, which is called “Hometown of Bamboo” and “Hickory Capital” in China.
Compared the status of resources in Lin’an in 2005 with that in 2010, Lin’an has established ecological public-welfare forest which take natural forest as the major part of 86,000 m3; the forest coverage rate has improved by 1.62%, the forest stock volume keeps increasing, and the stumpage has reached to 10.29 m3 with the average annual increase of 389,000 m3; growing stock has reached to 10.2 m3, with the average annual increase of 395,000 m3; the quality of the forest is going to be improved. Every ha growing stock of arbor forest increase by 11 m3, from 45 m3 to 60 m3; the forest structure tends to be rationalization, and the proportion of broad leaved forest and mixed broadleaf-conifer forest with strong ecological function has increased from 39% to 57%.
Source: National Report on China Sustainable Forest Management