Dalat authorities have received requests from
residents to cut down over 200 pine trees, the resort city’s symbols, to “ensure
safety for human and their assets.”
The Forest Protection Agency of Lam Dong province reported that, after a man was
killed during Typhoon Ketsana in September 2009 by a collapsed pine tree, a
campaign in Da Lat to chop down weak trees has begun.
Dalat People’s Committee’s Vu Xuan Hung told the press that the city needs to
cut down around 130 dried pine trees per year and around 60-80 others in site
clearances. During 2009, 80 pine trees were cut for safety reasons and another
60 to clear sites. In addition, there are 200 other withered trees slated for
Recently, some of Dalat’s residents have been using “tricks” to kill pines and
then requesting permission to fell them. At least three people have been fined
for this already in 2009.
The Dalat Urban Work Management Company is in charge of 431 ha of forest and
trees in the city. Without providing specific statistics, the firm reported that
Dalat’s pine forests are diminishing.
Over ten years ago, scientists warned that Dalat’s pine forests were aging and
that many trees would collapse annually. To restore the 10,000 hectares of pine
forests over 20 years, tree experts recommended that the Government should
invest 70 billion dong (price in 1995). Scientists estimated that earnings from
refreshing Dalat’s pine forests would be 1.35 trillion dong. The local
government failed to heed their proposal.
Instead, to prevent the complete decline of the pine forests, Dalat authorities
stipulated that whenever one tree was felled, five new trees must be grown in
This conservationist policy, however, has not been implemented properly. Old
pine trees continue to fall down and no new trees are planted.