Letter to the Editor
It is welcome to note that the Himachal Pradesh Government is involving school students in planting saplings and ensuring their survival to build awareness.
The Forest Department has set up the ‘Vidyarthi Van Mitra Yojna’ under which Eco clubs have been set up in the schools to identify open or degraded forest areas for carrying out a plantation of indigenous species.
The students and school administration play a vital role in identifying the site for the plantation of saplings. The school administration prepares a micro plan for the plantation, and The Divisional Forest Officer proves approval to it.
The students are not only responsible for the plantation of the saplings, but also maintain the area on a long-term basis. This is a commendable move towards laying stress not just in creating awareness among students on conservation of forest and wildlife but is also emphasizing on conservation of natural resources.
Amit Singh Kushwaha, Satna (MP)