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Pic story: forest ranger dedicated to populus euphratica forest restoration in Xinjiang

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz(R) washes face with colleague after a fire drill in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz checks situation of a tree of populus euphratica, commonly known as desert poplar, in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz(C) works with his colleagues in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 20, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz pours sand out of his shoe after finishing a patrol in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz(R) prepares to start patrol with his colleague in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 21, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz walks in the desert with his horse in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz walks in the desert with his horse in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  This combo photo shows forest ranger Eli Niyaz with different patrol means in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest ranger Eli Niyaz patrols with a canoe in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 19, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  A rabbit is seen in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 18, 2019. More and more animals appear in the region as local eco-system improves. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

CHINA-XINJIANG-DESERT POPLAR-RANGER (CN)

  Forest rangers try to pull a motorcycle out of sand on their patrol way in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, June 20, 2019. Wriggling along the rim of the Taklimakan desert, the 1,321-km-long Tarim River in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region nurtures the largest area of populus euphratica forests in the world. As local government launched a project on populus euphratica forest restoration along the Tarim River three years ago, the vegetation has been increasing and forest rangers have been playing a more and more important role on eco-system improvement. Eli Niyaz, 46, has been engaging in forest protection for 26 years. He and his colleagues take care of populus euphratica trees covering over 12,480,000 hectares of land in the remote region far away from their families. Every day, Eli Niyaz needs to patrol dozens of kilometers through different terrains to make sure the populus euphratica forests are in good situation. "It is tough, but I know the value of each tree of populus euphratica. I like to guard them, as they guard my hometown." He said. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)