The purpose of this Act is to contribute to the sound development of the national economy and to the preservation of national land and the environment by promoting the development of forestry and the various functions of forests concerning public interests, through rational preservation and use of mountainous districts. In particular, mountainous districts shall be managed in a manner that improves forestry productivity, and a forest's public interest functions, such as disaster prevention, water source protection, natural ecosystem preservation, natural scenery preservation, and promotion of public health and recreation; and the conversion thereof shall be conducted in an eco-friendly manner. Article 3-2 deals with the establishment of master plans for the management of mountainous districts, also providing surveys to formulate such master pland and regional plans. The text consists of 57 articles.
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