Trg on management of forests and forest fires imparted

KIMIN, Mar 23: Community members from Kimin and nearby villages received training on management of forests and forest fires, during a programme organized here on Thursday by the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI).
Systematic botanist of the SFRI, Dr LR Bhuyan informed the villagers of the vital role played by forests in maintaining the environment. He highlighted the present status of forests and forestry in Arunachal Pradesh, and the role of forests in containing global warming. He also explained the causes and impact of environmental degradation.
Kimin ASM Kipa Kain said that forests are an integral part of tribal life, as they provide food, shelter, medicine, water, etc. He appealed to the public to conserve forests for a suitable environment.
He also cautioned that due to heavy deforestation, the ground water level is decreasing gradually.
KS Rab of the SFRI highlighted the effects of forest fires in plants, animals, soil and environment, and enumerated techniques of managing forest fires.
Range Forest Officer Oyang Dusu urged the participants to plant more trees to save the environment. He assured to provide seedlings for the purpose.
The programme, which was organized with support from the Kimin range forest officer, saw the participation of 84 persons, including women, from Kimin and nearby villages.
A similar awareness meeting was organized at Deb village in Sagalee circle on 9 March.
Addressing the villagers, SFRI Director Dusu Shra urged them to conserve forests. He said forest fires destroy components of the biodiversity of the locality, soil fertility, micro-organism, plants and animals.
The training was attended by 44 persons from Deb village.