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South-central Vietnam district says it needs nearly $16,000 to handle dead heritage tree

South-central Vietnam district says it needs nearly $16,000 to handle dead heritage tree

Saturday, May 04, 2024, 17:13 GMT+7
South-central Vietnam district says it needs nearly $16,000 to handle dead heritage tree
One of the two national heritage dipterocarpus alatus trees in Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam has died. Photo: Tran Huong / Tuoi Tre

The authorities in Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam said it was preparing some VND400 million (US$15,738) to handle a dead heritage dau rai (dipterocarpus alatus) tree in the district.

After receiving news that the tree, known colloquially as the resin tree, saw its branches and leaves dry and fall, the district ordered solutions to save the tree, but its efforts were in vain, the district reported.

It also tasked the government in Thanh Son Commune, where the tree is located, with hiring an experienced unit to chop down the tree to ensure the safety of local residents and planting another dipterocarpus alatus tree in the position.

According to the Khanh Son District People’s Committee, the dead dipterocarpus alatus tree is a national heritage tree, so the district needs some VND400 million ($15,738) to cut down the tree, build a tree trunk preservation center, re-pave the area after chopping down the tree, and buy a young dipterocarpus alatus tree.

The district will allocate the amount to level the tree this year.

The local authorities erect a warning sign near the tree to ensure the safety of local residents. Photo: Tran Huong / Tuoi Tre
The local authorities erect a warning sign near the tree to ensure the safety of local residents. Photo: Tran Huong / Tuoi Tre

It has asked the administration in Thanh Son Commune to erect warning signs surrounding the dead tree to prevent locals from coming close to it.

The dead dipterocarpus alatus tree in Thanh Son Commune is one of the two dipterocarpus alatus trees which the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment recognized as national heritage trees in 2019.

The trees’ leaves became yellow and have dropped since early 2022, according to the Thanh Son Commune People’s Committee.

The commune reported the trees’ status quo to the Khanh Son District administration while removing the concrete surrounding the trees and taking measures to save them.

However, it could save one of the two trees.

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Thanh Ha - Tran Huong / Tuoi Tre News

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