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Macedonians to plant millions of trees on Tree Day


13:36, November 22, 2012

SKOPJE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Macedonians are taking a day off on Wednesday to plant some three million trees as part of the government's efforts to revive forests and increase ecological awareness in the Balkan country.

The government declared Wednesday a non-working day for the purpose of mass turnout, and thousands of people are expected to plant trees in some 800 hectares of land around the country on this special public holiday.

This is the tenth consecutive time that the nationwide collective tree planting campaign took place in the western Balkan country and its motto for this year is "FORESTING CAN BE A SPORT, TOO".

The afforestation campaign was introduced in 2008 to revive Macedonia's forests and green spaces to replenish timber stocks which often fall prey to summer wildfires.

So far, 12,200 hectares have been planted with 30.4 million seedlings in Macedonia.

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