Seeds of hope in forest fight
The offensive against developments encroaching on protected land in Thap Lan National Forest may have slowed, but officials are taking heart in some early re-planting efforts, while saying much more needs to be done
Thap Lan National Park chief Taywin Meesap guides a team of rangers to a plot showing some signs of progress in the battle to win back land lost to forest encroachment.
GREEN REVIVAL: Thap Lan chief Taywin Meesap checks on the progress of reforestation efforts on some plots of land which were reclaimed during the first raids about two years ago.PHOTOS: PIYAPORN WONGRUANG
Only the foundations and wreckage remain of houses and resorts that once stood on the plots. But as Mr Taywin tours the area he points out spots where grass is growing high and tree saplings are rising up.
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