The Social Forestry Day on 2nd June coinciding with the coronation anniversary of our beloved Fourth Druk Gyalpo is an important annual event for the Department of Forests and Park Services. As usual, this year too, the day has been widely celebrated across the country by planting tree saplings.
The forestry field Divisions with support from local governments and volunteers have carried out new plantations and also refilling of earlier plantations. More than 75,000 seedlings have been planted including seedlings distributed to schools, institutions and community forest groups across the nation.
In Tsirang, His Majesty, The King joined the Nation in celebrating the Day by planting a Jangchub Shing (Ficus Religiosa) at Damphu Central School.
In Thimphu, the Department coordinated and supported the tree planting at various sites. At Kuenselphodrang, some 300 people lead by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary with officials from the Ministry, Desuups, volunteers from Scan Cafe Pvt. Ltd, Taj Tashi, individual volunteers and foresters planted about 1,500 saplings. The Secretary in his address highlighted the significance of the day and thanked the volunteers who turned up to help in greening our bare slopes and contribute to maintaining the constitutional mandate of 60% forest cover for all times to come.
About 80 volunteers of a youth group lead by foresters planted about 800 willow cuttings along both banks of Wangchu between Tarayana building and the cremation ground.
Led by the Natural Resources Development Corporation Ltd., officials and staff from the Bank of Bhutan Ltd. and the Druk Air Corporation Ltd. planted more than 4500 tree seedlings over 4 hectares in the fire burnt area at Debsi phakha. The Bhutan Power Corporation has also carried out plantation of about 300 seedlings at Tsalumarphey.
Besides the above plantations, more than 1000 seedlings were distributed to various schools, institutions and individuals for the day as per records with Khasadrapchu Nursery.
-Social Forestry and Extension Division
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