KALAIGAON, June 7 � A massive tree plantation programme was organised at Nonai in Khalingduar Reserve Forest near India-Bhutan border on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Nearly 400 people planted almost 30,000 saplings. The programme was sponsored jointly by Dhansiri forest division, Udalguri and BPF Bhergaon district committee in association with SSB camp, Nonai and Green Valley Forest and Wildlife Protection Society, Nonai. Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC inaugurated the plantation programme.
It may be mentioned that large scale destruction of forest and human encroachment have posed serious ecological threat in whole BTAD districts. Further the �Man-Elephant conflict� has become be a major cause of such destruction.
Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC, was the mastermind for the massive programme on World Environment Day. Bankim Sarma, DFO, Dhansiri forest division said that 16000 simul, 8000 sisum and 6000 khoir saplings have been planted in a plot of 225 bigha. He also said that tall trees have been planted so as to minimise mortality and would be safe shelter for disappearing birds species like vultures, kites and adjutants etc.
He further said that a Joint Forest Management Committee would be formed in Nonai forest range.
A leading lady of the area, Dukuna Newar, who also works as the official gaonbura also took part in the programme with other woman members. She told this correspondent that the members of Parijat Mahila Samiti, a local woman NGO have been working for the conservation of flora of the villages bordering Bhutan and they would plant more trees at the site.
Several distinguished persons namely � Dandi Ram Rabha, MCLA, BTC, DN Hazarika, Circle Officer, Harisinga Revenue Circle, Tangla, Maheswar Boro, president, Bhergaon district BPF, Dina Nath Das, State vice president BPF among others attended the plantation programme.