Li Shengqiang, a farmer in Jingbian County, Shaanxi Province, has established a fund to
encourage his fellow villagers to plant trees.
Li has been planting trees for more than 20 years, and has so
far transformed 267 hectares of barren hills and into forests. The
experience convinced him that planting trees not only improved the
environment, but also spurred the development of the aquaculture
industry. Li donated 100,000 yuan (US$13,000) of his savings to
create a fund to reward villagers in his and neighboring villages
who plant trees.
(Xinhua News Agency June 21, 2007)