RAWALPINDI: The forest department will plant over 1.7 million saplings during the spring tree plantation campaign 2018 in Rawalpindi region starting Feb 15.

Conservator Forests Rawalpindi Circle Syed Athar Hussain Shah said that the divisional forest officers had been directed to make all out efforts to achieve the target for their respective areas. They have also been instructed to plant maximum saplings with the help of the civil society and students during the campaign, he added.

He said that a comprehensive plan of massive tree plantation had been evolved to bring maximum area under forest cover which is basic requirement to overcome environmental degradation.

 

He said that the staff members of the department had been activated to make sure proper forestation in their respective areas which will be inspected by the senior forest officers.

The saplings will be planted in Murree under bioengineering work, a landslide control technology, he said, adding that the forest department would plant saplings on 10,600 acres of land in the shape of caboodle. He said that stumps would be planted on 156 acres of land where 45.58 million new potted plants would be raised.

Arrangements have been finalised to make the tree plantation a success and surpass the plantation target, he said, adding that the armed forces, rangers, educational institutions and industrial units would also be taken on board to make the campaign successful.

Increasing environment pollution and climate change are posing great threat to human and animal lives and the only way to avoid the danger is to plant maximum trees, he said, adding that the citizens would be encouraged to plant trees in educational institutions, homes, factories and office premises which would help control environment pollution.