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BEIJING, March 18, Xinhua - Commercial logging of natural forests in key zones will be stopped by 2020 as part of a slew of reform steps to promote ecological progress, Chinese authorities announced late Tuesday.

State plantations are also asked to reduce harvesting from man-made forests for business purposes by 20 percent by 2020, the central government said in an announcement on the reform management of national forest farms and zones.

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BEIJING, March 12, Xinhua - China has planted 500,000 mu (about 33,000 hectares) of forest since 2009 to protect water along the border between its capital city, Beijing, and adjacent Hebei Province, said the State Forestry Administration on Thursday, the 37th national Tree-planting Day.

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TIBET, Jan 9, Xinhua --The number of black-necked cranes, the first-level state protected wildlife, has kept rising in the past years thanks to a series of protection measures taken in Tibet.

thumb key program - 1.10 Number of Black-necked cranes rise in Tibet due to protection

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FUJIAN, Dec.18, Xinhua – Dehua has excellent clay and a long tradition of porcelain manufacture, is one of China's oldest and best-known centers of the porcelain industry. The woods and forests of the county glow with a rainbow of colors in early winter. Visitors can get away from their busy lives in the noisy city by throwing themselves into the arms of peaceful nature, enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty of Dehua.

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The woods and forests of Dehua county glow with a rainbow of colors in early winter. (Source: China.org.cn)

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INNER MONGOLIA, Oct. 9, Xinhua - The populus euphratica forest in Ejina Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, with an area of more than 26,667 hectares, is one of the world's most famous populus euphratica forests. The golden leaves in autumn attract many tourists.

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Photo shows the populus euphratica forest in Ejina Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)

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