The UP Forest department has set targets for tree planting in the state by various zones. Gautam Buddh Nagar has a target of nearly 4.4 lakh trees to be planted for the year 2015-16. The aim is to increase the forest and tree cover of the state to one third as envisaged in the National Forest Policy 1988 and the State Forest Policy 1998. The present green cover of the Uttar Pradesh is merely 21, 244 Sq Km which is a dismal 8.82 percent of the total land area of the state. The tree planting drive will be part of the Van Mahotsav 2015 to be celebrated in the first week of July.
This time around the Forest Department has selected indigenous varieties of trees like Parijat, Kadamb, Sita Ashok, Tamaal, Maulshree, Ttulsi, Harsingar, Banyan and Peepal for plantation across the state depending on soil and weather conditions instead of the usual ornamental plants and shrubs.The chosen tree varieties finda a mention in the folklore and have huge environmental and medicinal significance as well.
Schools, Colleges, government offices, residential societies, real estate developers, industrialists, corporates and NGOs of Noida will take part in this Green Noida drive. This is estimated to increase the green cover of the city by 25 acres.
Lets all pledge to plant a sapling and nurture it to a tree!
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