Common people in Jammu region have been raising their voice by asking the government to save the forests for future generations. They have the reason to be agitating as there have been hundreds of forest fires in the recent past.
There is no denying the fact that there has been an unusual rise in the temperatures with little rainfall so far in Jammu and it is contributing to forest fires.
Recently Commissioner Secretary Forest visited the affected areas and asked the Social Forestry Department to identify available chunks of land in Chenani Sudh Maha Dev area in consultation with Revenue officials and PRIs and prepare a plan under convergence for taking up low cost greening interventions during the coming Monsoon. Distribution of seed balls may also be taken up among the Village Panchayats of the area for greening the catchment locations through an integrated approach.
He emphasized the need for development of fringe lands by planting multipurpose and local species to cater to the local needs for fodder and fuel wood.
He inspected Soil and Water conservation measures undertaken by the Wildlife Department in Sudh Maha Dev Conservation reserve in Co.109/D. He asked the department to take up massive plantations in degraded areas as per the Management Plan.
He inspected the Eco trek route from Mantalai to Patnitop created by the Wildlife Department and emphasized beautification of the Eco trek route by means of plantation as well as disposal of plastic waste on the whole trek.