Over 1,800 sq km Himachal forests under weeds

Shimla, April 2 (IANS) More than 1,800 sq km of forest area in Himachal is under a canopy of weed and lantana, a flowering exotic shrub, which is affecting the biodiversity of the state, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri said Tuesday.

“As per the survey conducted by the forest department, 1,852.85 sq km forests are under cover of weeds,” he said in a written reply in the assembly.

The minister said lantana alone covered 1,562.85 sq km of the total affected area.

“To root out lantana, a cut-root stock method has been adopted. After clearing the weed, foliage fodder is being replanted.”

He said from 2009 to 2013 lantana was removed from 6,305 hectares of forest land in the state. “In 2013-14, the government aims to clear lantana from 5,000 hectares.”

According to a 2005 report published by the Forest Survey of India, the hill state has 14,752 sq km of forest area, 1,097 sq km of which is very densely forested.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.