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‘Tree Doctors’ to Take Charge

(image: Korea Forest Service)

(image: Korea Forest Service)

DAEJEON, Jun. 4 (Korea Bizwire)Starting June 28, a “tree doctor” system will be implemented that allows trees at apartment complexes, schools and parks to have their care entrusted to tree experts.

According to the Korea Forest Service, public health was put at risk as non-professionals previously assigned to care for trees in residential zones used inappropriate pesticides on trees.

In order to better protect the health of trees and to prevent accidents stemming from their ill management, relevant laws were amended in 2016 and the “tree doctor” system was implemented.

The new system will allow only tree experts or those with relevant skills to look after designated trees. Experts say that public fear concerning the issue will subside once the system takes off.

In addition, 1,600 new “tree doctor” jobs are expected to be created by 2022 as public demand for greenery in residential areas continues to rise.

The Korea Forest Service has also implemented educational classes for the 400-some public officials who will be overlooking the new system.

Kevin Lee (kevinlee@koreabizwire.com)

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