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After large parts of it burned .. a plan to restore Burj Al- Maksour forest in Tal Kalakh countryside

Homs, (ST) - The Homs Agriculture Directorate developed a plan to restore and reclaim Burj Al-Maksour forest in Tal Kalakh countryside, which was damaged by the widespread fires that broke out last week.

Elias Bitar, Head of the Tal Kalakh Forest Department, said in a statement to SANA reporter today, that a large part of the forest area, which is about 70 dunums, planted with pine and eucalyptus trees, has been affected by the fire.

Bitar indicated that the directorate developed a plan to restore and reclaim the forest in terms of pruning burnt eucalyptus trees, which could grow again and removing damaged trees, especially pine, as they severely damaged, in addition to constructing a new fire trail  at the top of the mountain and rehabilitating the current roads.

Luay Nassar, mayor of Al-Akkari municipality to which the village of Burj Al-Maksour is affiliated to ,explained that the fire in the forest burned 100 olive trees in a field adjacent to the forest, pointing out that the rapid response of the people of the region and the firefighting personnel contributed to reducing the farmers' losses. He stressed that the main problem during the outbreak of the fire was the eastern winds and drought, which led to the rapid spread of the fire within the forest.

Intensive efforts to reclaim the forests affected by recent fires in Hama countryside

HAMA, (ST)- Forests in Syria are a national wealth and one of the most important factors for the stability of environment, climate and tourism. Recent wildfires in the western countryside of Hama have caused a catastrophic loss to Syria's natural forests and destroyed the charm of nature in that area, making the issue of intensifying and expanding reforestation campaigns to compensate for this painful loss and restore life to the forests an urgent need.

Government and civil society sectors in Syria are working hard to restore the green cover in the affected areas.

Eng. Ahmad Mirza, Head of the Protection Section at the Directorate of Agriculture in Hama, told SANA reporter that the directorate’s workers are getting ready to reclaim the forests sites that have been affected by fire and to prepare them for reforestation, indicating that no one is allowed to enter these sites for lumbering. He added that work teams are collecting the firewood and damaged branches using a special methodology that gives a chance to damaged trees to bloom again.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform lays down a plan to reforest the sites affected by fires in al-Ghab and Misyaf

The Director of Forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Dr. Hassan Faris, announced that the ministry has completed its production plan for afforestation, which it will implement as part of the national afforestation campaign, stressing that reforestation of areas that have been exposed to fires and increasing green areas are among its priorities during the next phase.

The aim of the campaign, which is due to begin on November  1, and ends in late March, is to restore the beauty and glory of the lands, Faris said,  indicating that the areas that were exposed to fires in Al-Ghab and Misyaf regions in the governorate of Hama were counted and their borders were accurately determined in cooperation with the General Authority for Remote Sensing. About an area of 50 meters around the area affected by fires will be afforested and there will be followed-up. The aim of this high  speed of afforestation  is to protect forest sites from encroachment in addition to the safety of the site and to prevent erosion.

Adventurers Explore a Valley in Lattakia that Combines the Four Seasons

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Enchanting landscapes and waterfalls  accompanied the participants in the  “Four Seasons”  walking tour  organized by   the Syrian adventurer team in  “Qassis”  River Valley in the depths of the eastern Haffah countryside in Lattakia .  

The walking tour comes within the framework of supporting and promoting adventure tourism and environmental exploration , which has witnessed notable growth.  

The 60 participants in the walk enjoyed moments of fun , adventure, excitement  and green plush trees that shade the stream extending over a distance of 3.5 km. 

Leader of the Syrian adventure team Ibrahim Sa’od, said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper  that the valley allows its visitors to experience the four seasons at the same time as the route  combines the sunny summer atmosphere,  the splendor of the spring season with its bright colors , the coldness of winter when crossing the rocky gorges and the autumn poetry with its yellow and brown leaves scattered on the gray rocks to complete the magic of the landscape with water glittering under the sunlight flowing from among the interwoven branches and the rich green color of the surrounding trees and plants, as if it were a very elaborate painting.

“Al-Samaiheqa” .. The village of ecotourism

The village of “ Al-Samaiheqa”  in Tartous countryside is a  very old village dating back to the Aramaic era and  characterized by  its  distinguished location between the mountains and valleys  in addition to its charming nature. This has  turned it into  a unique destination which attracts lovers of camping and ecotourism as well as  teams and associations concerned with nature.

The village, which is located to the west of the city of Al-Qadmous in the countryside of Tartous, includes medium and dense forests and a winter watercourse containing abundant waterfalls of great beauty.

There are many opinions and narratives about the reason for its name. Fawaz Ghannam, one of  the village’s residents, told SANA that “AL-Samaiheqa”  is the land with clay soil, which is in the form of a thin layer over the rocks.  Another one said  that the origin of the word is Phoenician and means   God’s sacred sky.

According to Ghannam, the remarkable turnout which the village  witnessed by  nature lovers has  contributed to the spread of tourism investments in it in addition to the “Zip Line”  project, “Skiing on a rope between two mountains”, which is the first of its kind  in Syria. This project  made Syria  famous  and has become today an important and famous destination for tourists from different parts of the country and abroad.