The Forests Department Rawalpindi South and North Circles have planted 850,000 saplings under Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign achieving over 80 percent target set for 2018.
Talking to APP, Conservator Forests, Rawalpindi South Circle, Saqib Mahmood informed that the department has distributed over 240,000 saplings while over 1.4 million saplings of different species are available in nurseries of the forest department.
He said that all out efforts are being made to make the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign a success. Nearly 100,000 saplings have been provided to different units of Pak Army while thousands saplings distributed among schools, colleges and health department during this season.
Due to effective awareness campaigns, the trend of planting saplings is increasing and the citizens have started playing their due role. Plants of different species are available at the nurseries of the Forest department at eight rupees each price, he added.
He said the department will plant nearly 5.5 million saplings during Monsoon season in South circle. Divisional forest officers and other concerned have been directed to plant maximum saplings with the help and cooperation of the civil society, officials and students during the campaign.
On the directives of the authorities concerned, a comprehensive plan of massive tree plantation was evolved to bring maximum area under forest cover which is basic requirement to overcome environmental degradation, he added.
The Conservator said that the staff members of the department have been activated to make sure proper forestation in their respective areas which would be inspected by the senior forest officers.
All necessary arrangements were also made to make the spring plantation program a success which continued till June, he added.
He said, the Forests play an important role in supporting and maintaining ecological systems and cycles. The Forests contribute to the many complex processes that are responsible for recycling carbon and water. They also regulate water flows and protect soils, he added.—APP