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Title Environmentally Unfriendly Facilities Will Be Removed From National Parks
Created By Knp Date 05.01.2007

Republic of Korea - National Parks


Korea National Park Service (KNPS) has launched its second program to remove environmentally unfriendly facilities in the National Parks. In 2006, KNPS had already cleaned up 78 facilities, including old shelters, business centres and barbed wire entanglements. Since most of these facilities are located near the trails or in the heart of the National Parks, their intrinsic beauty has substantially impaired.


In 2007, KNPS plans to remove 98 facilities. Noteworthy among them are old shelters in mountain parks, military bunkers on the Daecheongbong (peak) in Seoraksan (Mt.) National Park and military guard posts in Taeanhaean National Park, a coastal park.


Even though KNPS has continuously worked for the elimination of the environmentally unfriendly facilities, many obstacles, such as ownership of properties and right of businesses, impeded KNPS's effort. This year, a variety of facilities are included in the elimination list: shelters and public comfort rooms owned by KNPS private residences and business centres? guard posts and barbed wire entanglements for military purposes and public institution facilities such as temporary police stations and resting places. Privately owned properties will be recommended to be withdrawn or improved voluntarily, but some facilities, which are having a critically impact on the ecosystem and on the scenery of the National Parks, will be forcedly removed.


Baemsagol (valley) Shelter is one of the facilities destined to remove this year. This shelter is one of the six shelters located on the ridge of Jirisan(Mt.) National Park. Since the shelter is stationed near the uppermost stream of Baemsagol Valley, people have been concerned about pollution of the headspring by sewage from the 22yearold shelter. If this second removal activity is accomplished successfully, the ecosystem condition and the visitor service capability of the Korea National Parks will be greatly improved.