The Heilongjiang province, located in north-east China has officially banned commercial logging of its natural forests as of Tuesday. 'Excessive logging over long periods have sharply reduced forest resources and downgraded quality of state forests in the province', said the chief of the state forestry administration, Zhao Shucong, at a press conference on Monday. Mr. Shucong added that in order 'to protect the ecosystem and insure sustainable development of forests, it is urgent that commercial logging be stopped'. 'The logging ban ends more than 100 years of excessive exploitation of forests,' the official concluded.  ...
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