Monday, June 20, 2011

Forest dept to plant 13 crore saplings during monsoon.

TNN Jun 17, 2011, 01.04am IST
AHMEDABAD: No less than 13 crore saplings will be planted by the state forest department during the monsoon season in various cities, suburbs and villages of Gujarat. Of these, around one crore saplings would be high-quality clonal saplings, said a forest official.
This is for the first time that the forest department is planning to use taller saplings to ensure better survival rate. Till date, all the tree plantation drives have achieved a survival rate of 30-35 per cent.
H S Singh, additional principal chief conservator of forest (social forestry) said, "We want to improve this survival rate to at least 40 per cent. For this, we have chosen saplings that are at least 2.5 feet tall; we will also plant high-quality clonal saplings."
The department plans to distribute nine crore saplings to the public for a massive tree-plantation drive which will be taken up during the monsoon season, said the officer.
The remaining 3.5 crore saplings will be planted by the department. "We have plans to have 5,000 clusters of trees in various villages," a senior forest official said.
This year, the forest department will conduct a tree plantation drive in Pavagadh.
"This is part of our annual programme - to green one tourist spot," said a forest official. Around 12,000 saplings will be planted during the plantation drive in Pavagadh.
To check salinity ingress along the coast, a mangrove plantation drive will also be taken up.
A forest official said this mangrove plantation drive will be taken up across 10,000 hectares.

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