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Villagers sensitized on forest conservation

ZIRO, MAR 14:

The Dutta Pyapung Conservation Club (DPCC) here Thursday conducted an awareness campaign on forest conservation and deforestation.

The campaign entitled Don t cut trees, practice pollarding and coppicing was held to sensitize the villagers of Dutta village.

Speaking on the occasion, Koj Horming of DPCC informed that every year hundreds of trees are cut down to meet up daily requirements of firewood in Ziro valley forgetting negative impacts of deforestations in future.

The destruction of the forests is occurring due to various reasons, one of the main reasons being the short-term economic benefits wherein firewood is sold in very high prices in the valley. The cutting down of trees for lumber that is used for building materials, furniture, and paper products have a major impact on forest life, Horming said.

He further informed that the most dramatic impact of deforestation is loss of habitat for millions of species. Eighty percent of Earth's land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Deforestation also drives climate change, he said.

Another member of the club, Koj Mama explained about the benefits of practicing pollarding and coppicing of trees. He emphasized on pollarding wherein young trees and shrubs are cut to the main stem or trunk, ultimately controlling the height of the plants which can be used as firewood without affecting deforestation. Pollarding is a great way to obtain firewood to withstand the harsh winter seasons, he added.

Mama further informed about the practicing of Coppicing, a pruning technique that cuts trees and shrubs to ground level, causing new shoots to grow rapidly from the base during growing season.

He added that trees and shrubs should be coppiced in late winter or early spring when the plants are dormant. Once coppiced, trees and shrubs should continue this method every one to three years, he said.

Further the DPCC adopted and identified both private and community forest lands and pollarded/coppiced more than 50 alder trees locally known as Ramey Sanw on trial basis.

Upon the success of this technique the club will organize such awareness campaigns in whole of Ziro valley in coming days to the general masses. The motive behind coppicing and pollarding is to minimize indiscriminate felling of forest trees for firewood and other horticulture related cultivations, DPCC further said.

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