According to the management board of Hoang Lien National Park in the northern province of Lao Cai, nearly 400 hectares of a small and medium-sized bamboo grove in the buffer zone of the park has now completely withered.
The grove is spread across San Sa Ho, Ta Van and Ban Ho Communes of Sa Pa District in Lao Cai Province.
Dry weather conditions for the last several weeks, depleting underground water reserves, rapid and unplanned tourism development and construction of a road leading to Fansipan Mountain Top are being attributed as prime reasons for the drying of the bamboo forest grove.
Fearing that the dry and brittle bamboo stands highly susceptible to fires, the national park has made arrangements for a round-the-clock surveillance patrol to keep watch over the area and prevent any forest fires.
The park management board has also asked the People’s Committee of Lao Cai Province to urgently replant another bamboo forest in the same area or its vicinity.