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Forest Department Initiates Ambitious Tree Planting Drive in Mangaluru

Forest Department Initiates Ambitious Tree Planting Drive In Mangaluru

In Mangaluru, the Forest Department has set an ambitious goal to plant 7.3 lakh saplings this year, with a significant focus on both forested areas and distribution to the public. Anthony S Mariyappa, the Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), revealed these plans during an interaction program organized by the Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Association.


Green Initiative Details:

  • Planting Goal: The department aims to plant five lakh saplings in forest areas and distribute 1.6 lakh saplings directly to the public.
  • Collaboration with MGNREGS: As part of the initiative, 70,000 saplings will be distributed in convergence with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Farmers participating in planting will receive payment for their efforts.
  • Compensation for Tree Cutting: In response to development needs, 1.7 lakh trees were cut, including 40,000 for road widening. However, the department is committed to maintaining ecological balance by adhering to the National Green Tribunal mandate of planting ten saplings for every tree cut.
  • National Forest Policy Target: The initiative aligns with the National Forest Policy’s goal of achieving a 33% green cover of the geographical area, emphasizing urban areas and agricultural lands.
  • Previous Year’s Achievements: In the preceding year, the department planted 7.8 lakh seedlings in forest areas, along with 35,500 saplings in non-forest regions. Additionally, 4.4 lakh saplings were distributed.
  • Future Plans: For the upcoming year, the target is to plant 5 lakh saplings in forested areas and distribute 1.6 lakh at a concessional rate. Furthermore, 70,000 saplings will be planted in collaboration with MGNREGA under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) through the social forestry scheme.
  • Disaster Management and Wildlife Mitigation: Taluk-level control rooms have been established for disaster management, and measures are being taken to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, including the installation of solar-powered hanging fences, concrete barricades, and rail barricades.

The Forest Department’s proactive measures signify a concerted effort towards environmental conservation and sustainable development in the region.

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