Photo by Jianguo "Jack" Liu
Much of the land in this Chinese community has been converted to forest from cropland through the government's Grain to Green program.
China’s sweeping program to restore forests across the country is working.
The vast destruction of China’s forests, leveled after decades of logging, floods and conversion to farmland, has become a story of recovery, according to the first independent verification published in the current issue of Science Advances by Michigan State University researchers.
“It is encouraging that China’s forest has been recovering in the midst of its daunting environmental challenges such as severe air pollution and water shortages,” said co-author Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and director of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.