I was stationed in Camp Humphries 99-00 3/6 Cav.
I flew all over the peninsula and a lot of over water
. I got to see way more of Korea than the average Joe.
Those trees were brush, not big enough for any kind of lumber
, certainly nothing you could build ships with.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I heard that the Japanese had a nasty habit of coming over every now and again and taking anything they wanted, trees included.
Of course the Korean War I’m sure didn’t help either.
But there was almost no wildlife in S Korea, excepting Pheasants and ducks, but rabbits, squirrels etc just weren’t there.