Hyderabad: Translocation has come to the rescue of a forest, the first of its kind in the state. About 750 acres of forest area, which would have been axed to give way for development, now will have a new lease of life due to the translocation method.
The forest cover at Satthupally village in Khammam district, which would have been razed down under the Singareni phase II open cast mine project, is being saved by translocation. The trees to be translocated include satin, manilkandra, xylia and bahinia.
The divisional forest office has roped in a Hyderabad based organisation, Vata Foundation, to undertake translocation on an experimental basis. “We have translocated seven different species of trees at the adjacent forest area and are waiting for the results,” said Mr V. Satish Kumar, divisional forest officer. If they can withstand and survive, then over 2,000 small tress would be translocated to save the forest area which is close to the mining project.
The trees in the forest are known for their deep roots and inter webbing, making translocation a Himalayan task.
“This is an experimental venture as forest trees are a new area for us. We have kept the trees under observation to see if they take roots,” said Mr Uday Krishna of Vata Foundation.
While the forest cover in the proposed mining project is moderately dense with the trees having a girth of 30-40 cm. They are about 5 meters in height and home to many herbivores and birds....