CHINA Ranger racks up a dozen years patrolling mountain forest in North China

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Ranger racks up a dozen years patrolling mountain forest in North China

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09:08, March 02, 2021

Rong Ximin photographs snow at Tuoliangshan National Forest Park in Pingshan County, North China’s Hebei Province on February 28. (Photos: Xinhua)

Rong Ximin is a ranger at Tuoliangshan National Forest Park, a national nature reserve in Pingshan County, North China’s Hebei Province.

In 2009, Rong and wife Shi Shufang came to work at the reserve and have stayed at their posts for 12 years.

Forest ranger Rong Ximin patrols Tuoliangshan National Forest Park on February 28.

Rong is responsible for patrolling the reserve twice a day, but he patrols more often during high winds and lightning to watch for wildfires.

The living and working environment on the reserve is difficult, especially in winter when most of the mountain is frozen.

Daily living materials can only be carried by Rong personally from the foot of the mountain to the residence more than 2,000 meters above sea level. A round trip takes at least five or six hours.

Forest ranger Rong Ximin patrols Tuoliangshan National Forest Park on February 28.

"I was born and bred in Tuoliang and this is my home,” Rong says. “More than 10 years’ work has made us full of affection for the Tuoliangshan National Forest Park. As long as my health allows, my wife and I will keep going."

Ranger Rong Ximin patrols the Tuoliangshan National Forest Park on February 28.

(Compiled by Wang Jing)

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