SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Forest Service said Thursday it will launch an initiative to supply byproducts of its forest cultivation project — trees that are hard to recycle into lumber — to the vulnerable class.
The initiative is designed to reduce fuel costs for the vulnerable class, who have difficulty due to high oil prices.
The trees will be supplied as firewood for free to single-person elderly households and child-headed households.
The agency plans to distribute 50,000 cubic meters of firewood for 10,000 households, or 5 cubic meters per household.
This is a volume that could be used for 160 days on the basis of wood pellet boilers. In value terms, it’s worth about 3 billion won (US$2.30 million).
The project is expected to contribute not only to reducing heating cost for the vulnerable class but also to preventing wildfires by removing in advance fuel materials in forests.
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