Lee Yu-mi, a researcher at the Korea National Arboretum (KNA), has become the first woman to lead the organization since its establishment in 1967.
The Korea Forest Service (KFS), which operates the arboretum, said Sunday that it had appointed Lee as director general of the KNA.
"I will work to make sure the KNA becomes a place where people can come to relax, to increase research on biodiversity and to follow through with the preservation and restoration of indigenous plants," she said.
Lee studied forestry at Seoul National University and joined the KFS as a researcher in 1994. She played a significant role in the establishment of the KNA and is an acknowledged expert in systematic botany.
The KNA is involved in collecting and searching for domestic and foreign resources to preserve the biodiversity of the Gwangneung Forest in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province. It also focuses on exchange and cooperation with other organizations within and outside the KFS.