STATE TIMES NEWS BHADARWAH: In it’s effort to increase the green cover and provide a natural habitat to the inmates of the rare black cedar forest of Bhadarwah valley in Chenab region of Jammu and Kashmir, Forest department claimed to have planted 5 lakh saplings during the ongoing plantation season with special impetus on institutional plantation. The department, which started an ambitious and mega drive in December last year with an aim to plant as many as 5 lakh saplings of various species till March this year in 6 Forest Divisions of Chenab Circle by involving different sections of society and also by initiating institutional plantation in a big way for the first time, claimed to have achieved their goal well before the deadline – which is 31st March. As part of the ongoing programme to promote institutional plantation, Bhadarwah Forest Division carried out a plantation drive by involving students and faculty of the Campus in presence of Conservator Forest Chenab Circle, T.B Singh. DFO Bhadarwah, Khalid Amin Mehta emphasised the need of plantation, keeping in view the climate change scenario and increasing pollution levels in urban areas. He impressed upon school children that every sapling planted should be taken care of for better survival rate. “Beside planting large number of Deodar saplings, Kail and Chinar trees at the vital locations and fruit trees were planted in the higher reaches of Forest, so that the wild animals should not stray in the habitats in search of food, which will eventually help to minimise the Man-Animal conflict,” DFO added. On the occasion, Renowned Environmentalist and Retired CCF Dr Rajeshver Singh Jasrotia, CF T.B.Singh, DFO Khalid Amin Mehta, and Dr Neeraj Sharma addressed the students at Lal Ded Auditorium. DFO Bhadarwah Khalid Amin Mehta, Dr Neeraj Sharma, Incharge Institute of Mountain Environment, Range Officers Sameer Rishu, Shafqat Khakaan Malik and Javed Abdullah, beside Students and faculty of the campus were also present.
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