Tamil Nadu govt will increase forest cover to 33%: Minister | Coimbatore News – Times of India

COIMBATORE: The state government is taking steps to increase the state’s geographical area under green cover from 23% to 33%, forest minister K Ramachandran said here on Friday.
Speaking at the 67th Wildlife Week Celebration organised at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, the minister said native tree species will be planted in forests. “Wildlife can thrive only if there is substantial forest cover. When wildlife population increases, forests should offer the required food, for which native tree species are necessary. We are focusing on planting more native tree species by removing exotic species like eucalyptus brought by the Britishers,” he said.
Schoolteachers should encourage students to plant saplings on their birthday and nurture them, Ramachandran suggested. “This will help improve green cover.”
In the last five years, 337 people were killed by wild animals and the state government gave compensation to their families, said the minister.
Asked about the delay in capturing the prowling tiger in the Nilgiris, Ramachandran said capturing it is a challenging task and advanced technology is being used by the forest department for the purpose. “People from various departments are involved in capturing T-23. Ten members of the team that conducted search for forest brigand Veerappan are part of the team in search of T-23.”
The minister also unveiled the logo of Coimbatore Forest Division. It has an elephant in the backdrop, symbolising the large number of elephants found in the Western Ghats.


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