Taplejung, Sept 24: The National Conservation Day is being observed across the country today. The day is marked in memory of conservation heroes who lost their lives in a helicopter crash at Dhunje hill at Ghunsa of Taplejung on September 23, 2006.
On the occasion, an interaction was also held in the conservation park in Taplejung and tree saplings were planted. Statues of the deceased conservationists were garlanded as well.
Organised by the Environment Conservation and Development Forum and Rural Reconstruction Nepal, more than 40 students of the district headquarters-based Little Buddha Awashiya School participated in the campaign to plant saplings.
Speaking in the interaction, the participants stressed the need to plant tree saplings to save the earth.
All 24 people on board the helicopter including then Minister of State for Forest Gopal Rai, geographer Dr Harka Gurung, foreign officials and journalists were killed in the chopper crash.