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CCF Kashmir tours North Circle; takes stock of ongoing developmental works

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Dept to develop Biodiversity Park at Venkura, Environment park at Salambad

SRINAGAR, JULY 30: Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Kashmir, Farooq Gillani on Tuesday held tour of North Kashmir and also took stock of ongoing developmental works taken up by the Forest Department in Doabgah, Boniyar and Uri Forest Ranges.

A review meeting was held at Divisional Headquarter Baramullah–JV Forest Division with field officers in where Conservator of Forests, North Circle Irfan Rasool Wani gave the brief of measures being taken in north Kashmir to protect and develop the forests.

DFO Kamraj, DFO Langate, DFO Kehmil, DFO JV Division Baramulla, Project Officer Uri CAT, Deputy Directors of Forest Protection Force, DFO Social Forestry Baramulla and DSCO Baramulla attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that the tender process for fencing of the degraded forest areas being taken up under CAMPA has been started and all the planting stock is being raised in departmental nurseries. The drive against encroachment has been scaled up and the forest areas which are being evicted shall be fenced up for plantations to protect the future attempts of encroachments. Institutional plantation will be carried out in collaboration with various institutions by way of participation of College/ School students and local youth.

The protection scenario of the Forest North Circle was also discussed in the meeting.

The CCF appreciated the efforts of CF North and his team for anti- encroachment drive especially the recent operation which was carried out in upper reaches of Lolab in which large chunk of forest land was freed from illegal bhang cultivation.

DFOs were also instructed to expedite the handing over of current year markings of trees, in approved compartments, to the State Forest Coronation for extraction of timber.

Later CCF Kashmir inspected two new projects being taken up by the department. At Venkura Doabgah Range, one Biodiversity Park is being developed under BADP scheme. Environment Park at Salamabad Uri is also being developed by DFO URI CAT which is

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