Himachal bans felling of Mango and five other tree species, to curb illegal deforestation

In a significant move aimed at addressing the issue of timber and fuel wood thievery from Himachal Pradesh, the state government has taken decisive action by imposing a ban on the felling of Mango and five other tree species, with immediate effect.

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while elaborating about the decision said that apart from Mango trees, other species includes Triyambal (Ficus species), Toon (Toona ciliata), Padam or Pajja (Prunus cerasus), Ritha (Sapindus mukorossi) and Baan (Quercus leucotrichophora). All these six species have been brought under ten-year felling program and these can now only be axed with explicit permission from the forest department. However, under the new regulations, felling of a maximum of five trees in a year for domestic purposes will be allowed”, he said.

The Chief Minister said that there would be a total ban on export of timber and fuel wood of any above out of the state, a measure aimed at curbing illegal trade and preserving the region’s valuable resources.

“This ban is imposed keeping in mind constitutes a critical step in addressing the issue of illegal deforestation and for preservations of the biodiversity of the state. A revised list of permissible tree species has been notified, allowing only thirteen species to be felled with prior intimation to the Range officer, while felling of the other species will also require forest clearances. This step not only safeguards indigenous species but also plays a pivotal role in wildlife preservation”, stated the Chief Minister.

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