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Udhampur to restore forests with 1.1 lakh tree saplings

In a bid to rejuvenate the forests of Udhampur, the Forest Division has come up with a plan to plant 1.1 lakh saplings of diverse species.

News Arena Network - Jammu - UPDATED: July 7, 2024, 09:03 PM - 2 mins read

Udhampur to restore forests with 1.1 lakh tree saplings

Udhampur to restore forests with 1.1 lakh tree saplings

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In a bid to rejuvenate the forests of Udhampur, the Forest Division has come up with a plan to plant 1.1 lakh saplings of diverse species.

 

Officials reported that these saplings have been cultivated in the nurseries of the Udhampur Forest Division on Sunday.

 

Approximately six nurseries are dedicated to growing these saplings, with the Central Nursery of the Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department and the Udhampur Range Mand standing out.

 

Officials noted that forest department personnel cultivate various saplings, which are subsequently planted in the forests of the Udhampur Division.

 

This effort is vital given the recent wave of forest fires in Udhampur, which have devastated many trees, according to forest officials.

 

Subsequently, the Forest Department has targeted these fire-damaged areas for a plantation drive to restore their greenery.

 

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Navneet Singh detailed the department’s nursery network and planting strategies.

 

 He said, “The Udhampur Forest Division’s six nurseries collectively produce 5 lakh saplings, with more than 3 lakh currently available.”

 

Singh elaborated that 1.1 lakh saplings will be planted in Udhampur’s forests during this phase, while an extra 20,000 saplings will be utilised in planting initiatives conducted in partnership with schools, colleges, the Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and the police.

 

He acknowledged the significant challenges faced this year due to drought and subsequent forest fires but expressed hope that recent rainfall will aid planting efforts.

 

Singh pointed out that “the department is dedicated to mitigating the damage caused by forest fires, and I am confident that the upcoming plantation drive will not only restore lost greenery but also exceed previous efforts to revitalise Udhampur’s forests.”



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