‘Awards should be given to model school forests'

Trees on school premises should not be used as a source of income. Saplings should be planted from the environment point of view and to raise awareness among schoolchildren. The income from school forests should be utilised for further development of such forests, Anant Ashisar, Chairman of the Western Ghats Task Force (WGTF), has said

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on the Western Ghats and chances of school forest development in coastal area held at the Vidyodaya Hall here on Saturday under the auspices of Sahyadri Parisara Vardhini, Yadalli, Western Ghats Task Force, Department of Public Instruction, Sirsi, and the Forest Department.

Most of the schools in Uttara Kannada had forests on their premises with sharing of income between school managements and the government in the ratio of 90:10. It was started in 1984, he said.

Model school

Mr. Ashisar said instead of planting acacia, saplings that were useful should be grown with the participation of schoolchildren. Awards should be given to model school forests to encourage schoolchildren to plant saplings. An order should be issued to schools to plant particular species of saplings on June 5 to mark World Environmental Day.

Keshav Kurse, member of WGTF, said every school should have a subcommittee to develop school forest and give environmental education. To maintain permanent green cover, 50 per cent of the school forests should have local plant species, he said. He suggested that acacia saplings should be planted along the fence only.

Vasudev, member of WGTF, said school forests should promote environmental education. K.D. Udupudi, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Sirsi Division, said that the Forest Department was growing 131 species of plants. They would be given to schoolchildren and farmers. Incentives would be given to farmers for three years to protect the saplings planted by them, he added.

Ramesh Hegde, member of Sahyadri Parisara Vardhini, said school forests could be used for growing vegetables for “Akshara dasoha” programme.

R.V. Bhagwat welcomed. Ramesh Hegde proposed a vote of thanks.

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