Forest and ecology
Forest plays an important role to maintain the ecosystem and also provides a lot of sustenance to thousands of families which live in and around these forests in Jammu and Kashmir.
The J & K administration is reviewing the functioning of the forest department periodically in order to know the ground situation and about the implementation of different government schemes regarding the forests and their use.
Recently J&K Chief Secretary held a review meeting and said that the forest Department will generate 5 crore mandated employment in convergence.
He said that forest department will expedite the preparation of City Biodiversity Index, Local Biodiversity Strategy, and Action Plan for Jammu and Srinagar
During the review meeting held recently by the Chief Secretary, the government said that the Green India Mission is being implemented in J&K for the first time.
He was reviewing the functioning of various wings of the Forest, Ecology & Environment Department.
Under Har Gaon Haryali, the Department has covered 1679 panchayats and distributed 20.68 lakh plants and 18.27 lakh seed balls/ patch sowing grass slips.
The Department has developed various facilities including walking trails, camping sites, and directional/ informational signage at Bangus, Kiterdhagi, Reshwari, Badrakali, Venkura, and Rosi-Gali, among others. Meanwhile, the Department has also opened up 49 forest huts for tourists and operationalized 20 eco-trails across Jammu and Kashmir.