Biswanath Chariali, May 10: The forest department has laid stress on tree plantation and conservation of local valuable trees in northern Assam. This was disclosed by P Shivakuma, Conservator of Forest, Northern Assam Circle, on Thursday at the office of the Biswanath Chariali Press Club.
He further added that Behali Reserve Forest in Biswanath district had full potential in terms of conservation of local valuable trees, some of which are extinct now. Citing the example of the Bula tree which is already extinct in other parts of the State, he said that it was available now only in Behali Reserve Forest. Therefore, the department has initiated a process of setting up of a nursery of Bula trees where around 2.5 lakh saplings would be grown. The newly-appointed Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), East Sonitpur, Subhash Kadam assured that he would take steps to make Biswanath a green town. ‘Snake Man’ Saurav Borkataki conducted the programme. Saplings were also distributed among the scribes of the club.