New Taipei promotes endemic lily restoration
Central News Agency
2014-03-09 09:58 PM
Taipei, March 9 (CNA) New Taipei will expand its efforts to restore the Formosa lily to its once flourishing status on mountains in northern Taiwan, the director of the city's Agriculture Department said Sunday. A total of 10,000 seedlings of the Formosa lily, a lily species endemic to Taiwan, will be planted in public parks, along major hiking trails on mountains in the northern district of Jinshan, and on unused plots of land in the city, Liao Jung-ching said. The ultimate goal of the project, Liao said, is for people to be able to see mountains along Taiwan's northern coast draped with blossoms of the trumpet-shape native lilies, a scene that has not existed for 300 years. Describing the northern coast as the place where Formosa lilies originated, Liao said that rampant plucking of the flowers in the wild by humans almost led the species to become extinct in the area. In a related news, senior birder Lin Kun-hai called for the Kaohsiung City government to pay attention to a possible impact of a road construction project in the southern Taiwan city's Jiading Wetland, a key spot for migrant black-faced spoonbills. The endangered bird's numbers on Jiading Wetland have doubled from over 100 four years ago to 212 last year, making it an "internationally important" wetland under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Lin said. The city government, however, failed to invite any ornithology experts to join an advisory panel tasked to evaluate possible environmental impact of the planned road that will pass through the 170-hectare wetland, Lin said. (By Wang Hung-kuo, Cheng Chi-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)
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