Rautahat, Sept 20: Greenery has prevailed in the naked Chure and Bhavar hills in Rautahat district, thanks to locals’ initiatives for sapling plantation. The areas had turned almost bare during the insurgency period but the afforestation campaign launched after has become a great success for the conservation bid, stakeholders said. Now chure is in process of becoming green.
The Kalapani Community Forest at Gaidatar area in Chandrapur Municipality-3 has been covered with green trees in the recent days after the residents launched a campaign for sapling plantation. In their attempt to make the area green and conserve the Chure, the locals have conducted ‘each house ten saplings’ campaign. Each family is supposed to plant at least 10 saplings under the campaign. The locals have planted the saplings of Amala, Khayar, Saal and other species, chairman of the community forest Devi Prasad Poudel.
Likewise, Janaekata Community Forest and Anjuban Community Forest as well as Pashupati Community Forest Consumers’ Group have also launched the campaign of tree plantation in the forests to stop forest encroachment. They have planted the saplings of lemons, guava, bamboos, Khayar and others. Acting Chief of District Forest Office, Rautahat, Ram Prasad Sah said that the saplings are distributed for free from the Office after producing from the community forests in the district.