The Uttarakhand forest division will develop six metropolis forests in Kumaon area, together with two within the plains and 4 in hilly districts, mentioned forest officers. The forest division has additionally began looking for land in municipal areas, mentioned officers.
Tejaswini Patil, chief conservator forests (CCF) Kumaon area mentioned six metropolis forests will likely be developed in Kumaon area.
“Two will likely be developed within the plains and 4 in hilly districts. Every forest will likely be created in round 10 hectares land. These metropolis forests will likely be developed in civic areas” she mentioned.
Patil mentioned the aim of metropolis forests is to extend the inexperienced cowl in city areas and thus assist in making a inexperienced and clear atmosphere in such areas. “Additionally, its goal is to attach folks with greenery and clear atmosphere by means of the town forests. We hope it can additionally inspire folks to plant timber to compensate for the lack of greenery on account of concretization within the metropolis areas,” she mentioned
The forest division has recognized land for metropolis forests in Haldwani (Nanital) and US Nagar. Nevertheless, forest officers mentioned it’s comparatively difficult to determine 10-hectare land in hilly districts (Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Champawat). “So the forest division has despatched a proposal for under one-hectare metropolis forests in hilly districts,” mentioned a senior forest official.
“Ten 10 hectares of land is being acquired within the municipal areas in plain districts. However it’s not simple to seek out 10 hectares of land at one place in hilly districts. So we’ve despatched a proposal to the Central authorities to make provision for metropolis forests over one hectare of land within the hilly districts of Uttarakhand,” mentioned Patil.
She mentioned if the Centre approves the proposal, then metropolis forests will likely be developed over a hectare of land in hilly districts. Uttarakhand’s first metropolis forest is being developed in Dehradun, she added.
In line with the final two surveys performed by the Forest Survey of India over a interval of 4 years from 2015 to 2019, Uttarakhand has not managed to report even a rise of even 1% forest cowl within the state.
Uttarakhand reported a rise of a mere 8.04 sq km of forests as per the India State of Forest Report 2019, launched by the Forest Survey of India in December final yr. The India State of Forest Report 2017, launched by the Union ministry of atmosphere and forests in February 2018, confirmed that solely a marginal improve of 23 sq km forest cowl was reported in Uttarakhand since 2015.
The report of 2017 confirmed a meagre improve of 165 sq km in very dense forest and 636 sq km in different forest classes, whereas the average dense forest diminished with a distinction of 778 sq km, leaving the entire cowl in state to 24,295 sq km.
As per the 2019 report the districts of Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar reported a unfavourable results of -2.75 sq km, -6.44 sq km and -4.21sq km lower in forest space with respect to the evaluation accomplished by Forest Survey of India in 2017.