5-6 July, Thimphu. Starting from school going children to office goers of different age groups volunteered for the tree plantation program in Kuenselphodrang which is supported by Embassy of Finland and organised by Royal Society for Protection of Nature for the rehabilitation of the burnt area. The area is a membership plantation site covering 22.758 acres of barren land after the forest fire in 2002. The membership is open to all the interested people whereby they are asked to fill up the form and a nominal membership fee according to the ‘junior’ and ‘adult’ group formed.
The volunteers included students of Changzamtog lower secondary school,
Motithang high School, workers from health, Narcotic, CIB, Information & Communication Services under MoAF and army personnel summing a total of 43 volunteers on 5th and 38 volunters on 6th July. According to the organizer Phuntsho Younten, RSPN they have around 15,000 saplings of species quercus grifitthii, Quercus semicarpifolio, pinus wallichiana, Benthamedia capitata, Acer pectinatum, Rhododendron, Prunus persica, Yushania microphylla and Rhis chinensis which they plan to finish planting by the end of this month.
While speaking to Tandin Norbu, a volunteer from ICS, he said that such voluntary work is a better way to contribute to our nation and on the other hand Sonam Phuntsho, ICS and a member of RSPN plantation site expressed his appreciation to the volunteers and further urged our Bhutanese youth to indulge in such work towards protecting and preserving our nation’s jewel.
-Tashi Yangzom, ICS
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