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Picking up driftwood in some areas no longer crime in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has moved to de-criminalize driftwood scavenging on riversides and beaches not located in state forests. Residents can now pick up driftwood, except during a des...

Taiwan adds Formosan macaque to list of banned pets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting in September, people found raising an unregistered Formosan macaque could be liable for a fine of up to NT$250,000 (US$8,320), the Council of Agriculture (COA) an...

Four Taiwan forest recreation areas open to pets for two-year trial

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Visitors to four national forest recreation areas will be allowed to bring their pet dogs, cats, and other mammals on a trial basis for two years, beginning Monday (Aug. 1...

Taiwan High Speed Rail and Alishan Forest Railway to provide mountain tours

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSR) is teaming up with the Forestry Bureau to provide seamless one-day and two-day “THSR x Alishan Forestry Railway” tour...

Taiwan’s Cuifeng Lake Circular Trail becomes first ‘Quiet Trail’ in the world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —Taiwan’s Cuifeng Lake Circular Trail in Yilan County’s Taipingshan was awarded a Quiet Trail certificate by Quiet Parks International (QPI) at a ceremony on Mon...

South Taiwan area to conduct forest fire alert drill

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As large parts of Taiwan suffered under sweltering heat Wednesday (June 22), the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) Forestry Bureau said it would launch a forest fire al...

Hiker survives night after she was left behind on central Taiwan mountain

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Miaoli County Fire Bureau on Tuesday (May 24) reminded the public to be prepared for anything on a hiking trip, in a Facebook post about a recent incident. The bureau s...

Taiwan releases Formosan black bear into wild for second time

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Formosan black bear who bothered farmers was released into the wild for a second time but in a more remote part of Taichung City’s Mount Dongmao, the Council of Ag...

Formosan black bear sightings reported in Taiwan's Yushan National Park

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After receiving several reports of Formosan black bear sightings this month, Yushan National Park Headquarters has urged hikers and visitors to exercise caution and respec...

Taiwan set to ban import of over 8,000 species

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is poised to ban the import of over 8,000 species with an updated list of contraband goods published by the Bureau of Foreign Trade on Monday (April 18). A total...

Snakes on a train: Serpent spotted on train in northeast Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A snake was spotted on a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train early on Monday morning (April 18) in northeast Taiwan, causing a disruption to the morning commute. ...

Number of hikers allowed on Taiwan’s Mianyue Line trail cut dramatically

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of daily visitors allowed to hike the trail along the deserted Mianyue forest train line (眠月線) on southern Taiwan’s Alishan will be dramatically cut from ...

Kids' admission free at 13 forest recreation areas in Taiwan over Tomb Sweeping holiday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Forestry Bureau said in a press release on Friday (March 25) that it will offer children under the age of 12 free admission to 13 national forest recreation areas duri...

Volunteers plant trees to rehabilitate central Taiwan forest after fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nearly 100 volunteers joined a campaign to plant trees Tuesday (March 8) in an effort to rehabilitate a part of a forest destroyed by wildfire in Nantou County. When a ...

Forestry Bureau gives LNY travel tips on national forests in central Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Forestry Bureau’s Dongshih Forest District Office has offered travel tips for visitors planning trips to the Basianshan, Dasyueshan, or Wuling national forest re...