“2 Thumbs Up Award to Macedonia tree planting”

Three million trees planted to revive forests

Thousands of locals took a day off work on Thursday to plant three million trees to revive the nation’s forests after fires ravaged an estimated 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of greenery.

“There is no better feeling than when you plant a tree and after some time come and see it growing,” Macedonian opera singer and UNESCO Artist for Peace Boris Trajanov told reporters.

Trajanov launched the initiative three years ago, gaining wide support from the government, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, foreign representatives and businesses.

Around 30 million trees have previously been planted on more than 8,500 hectares.

“This has become a nice tradition that is not only increasing the awareness among citizens about need for protection of the environment, but is making Macedonia more green and more clean,” the Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska said as she planted a tree near the capital Skopje.

Along with human rights activists and artists, many citizens took the opportunity of a day off work as volunteers to plant the trees.

Wildfires caused by human error,and the extreme temperatures in July.

Destroyed in 2006 and 2007 at least 35,000 hectares of forests and  causing damage worth up to 30 million euros (37.8 million dollars), it could take up to 50 years to restore the damaged ecosystem.

Congratulations to Macedonians for caring enough to replant their devastated forests and give Mother Nature a helping hand! – Mother Nature

Article and Image courtesy of  http://bit.ly/fAVSas


1 Comment

  1. rastus74 said,

    April 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Congratulations to all involved. Australians would do well to follow your example..

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