Tree adoption and awareness prog held

DIRANG, Jul 19: A programme involving planting and adoption of trees was held in the campus of Jingkha School in Lish village here in West Kameng district on 16 July, on the occasion of Drukpa Tse Jhee – an important date as per the Buddhist calendar.
The programme, named Metta Forest (Plant tree, adopt tree), was organised by the Sherab Sangpo Sangha of Dirang, in collaboration with WWF-India, and saw the participation of villagers from Lish, Gonpache, Nyukmadung and Dirang.
The saplings were provided by the forest department, and the plantation was held in a plot of land donated by one Tsering of Lish village.
The trees may be adopted in the names of family members, newborn children, friends and loved ones, and also in the names of beloved deceased ones. The cost for adoption of a tree is currently set at Rs 30 per month. The job of planting and nurturing the trees would be given to a designated local youth.
Apart from locals, a few people from other parts of Arunachal Pradesh, and some from Assam, have also adopted trees in the names of their family members.
So far, around 50 people have adopted trees, while many more are waiting to adopt new trees. The organisers also plan to extend the plantation area in the future.