TEZPUR, July 11 - �At a time when large-scale deforestation has been continuing in the State providing a frustrating picture of the ecological problem and man-wildlife conflict, the northern range of the Forest Department has achieved success in afforestation of large area with a hope of mitigating growing man-elephant conflict. I feel that for mitigating the man-elephant conflict there is no option other than an afforestation programme in deforested areas,� said Forest Conservator, Northern range P Siv Kumar, here recently while felicitating three forest guards from the range who were awarded by the Government of Assam in the concluding ceremony of the 69th Van Mahotsava.
After congratulating the three dedicated forest guards namely Jogeswar Das, of Dharikati, Sonitpur; Bymbeswar Gogoi of Lakhimpur and Narom Baglary of Biswanath Chariali, Siv Kumar also mentioned that amidst a serious man-elephant problem caused by the denudation of wildlife habitation, reforestation is going on in this belt thereby gradually decreasing the problem. He urged all concerned to go for plantation of local trees like bhola, thekera, kuji thekera, bor thekera etc., which besides helping in bio-diversity, also meet the need of the fodder for the wild elephants.
DFO, Sonitpur, (Territorial) Ranjit Konwar, honorary warden Saurav Barakataki and a handful of mediapersons were present in the programme.