Mines Closed in National Parks
Back in the 1950s when Taiwan's economy took off, the exploitation of mineral resources had been one of the major elements that accelerated t he national production. Mining Industry, however, had caused great destruction to the island’s natural environment and exerted serious negative impact on the ecosystem as it ruined the vegetation in the forests and affected the wildlife that used to live in the areas. With a responsibility to protect the country’s natural landscapes and cultural relics, Taiwa's national parks had walked an arduous journey in conserving the Nature against the economic development.
After over two decades of efforts by the national parks with all the negotiations, compensations and restoration works, the once ravaged landscapes have been gradually restored to a form of lush liveliness. In this issue of National Park Quarterly, we’ll take you on a time travel to review the long process and hard-fought victory by Taiwan’s national parks in protecting the land against mining. Some, like Taroko National Park, walked a long way in enforcing a mining ban and negotiating compensations, while others revived discontinued mines pits in different forms. Following the historical review of national parks’ “mines” come other intriguing stories that inspire your “mind.” Let’s hear about the advertiser-turned interpreter George Sheu reflecting on his 15 years of volunteer work at Taroko National Park.
Let us also show you all the vivid yet abstract pictures taken with a direct viewfinder camera by master photographer Pingyuan Chen, and then refresh a memory of Eluanbi Lighthouse in Kenting. You may also be interested in a visit with former director of Yushan National Park Headquarters Lung-sheng Chen to Adamello Brenta Nature Park in Italy to see how the two similar parks have become friends. Finally, come take a look at how young children had some eco-fun at the Youth Camps offered by the national parks.
As the autumn is around the corner, let this issue of the Quarterly fill you with some good stories of mines that touch your mind.