Over 6 lakh of trees at Ramtek now provide tiger shelter habitat

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) reported that 23 tigers lost their lives in Maharashtra in the first six months of 2021. Some died naturally, while others lost their lives due to poaching, l poisoning, electrocution and train accidents.

Supriya Patil, an environmental expert, says, “On World Tiger Day, July 29, as a nation, we can say we are making progress in increasing the tiger population despite occasional setbacks. The question remains, however, whether they can thrive in shrinking habitats where they are constantly in dangerous conflict with human populations or are targeted by poachers.”

Over 70% of the world’s tiger population is found in India. While this is a source of national pride, it also places a responsibility on us to conserve, protect and co-exist with this wild animal. Grow-Trees. com has addressed this issue through its “Trees for Tigers” project, and according to the 2018 Tiger Census report, the state’s tiger population has increased from 190 to 312.

Supriya further mentions, “We have thoroughly studied a report by World Wildlife Fund India (WWF), titled ‘Lifeline for Tigers, 2014’. It details the main challenges faced by tigers in the Pench-Kanha region and a simple solution to solve most of these concerns was to increase green coverage. Today, more than six lakh trees planted by us at Ramtek provide shelter habitat for the tiger. These trees have also expanded buffer zones and provided uninterrupted connecting corridors for tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve. ”

Native species like Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Karanj (Millettia pinnata), Kashid (Peltophorum pterocarpum), Teak (Tectona grandis) and Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) ensure the self-sufficiency of the vegetation. As always, the project has not only helped nurture the biodiversity of the area, but has also provided livelihoods for local communities who can now also use Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), including fruits, twigs and wood. feed. Supriya says this will discourage illegal logging activities and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

The organization also believes in enhancing the importance of tigers as well as reducing human-animal conflict through their plantation projects, as they strongly believe that the presence of tigers indicates a healthy ecosystem. As a top predator at the top of the food chain, the tiger helps maintain the balance between herbivores and the vegetation they eat by feeding on it. “Preserving tigers is almost like protecting an entire ecosystem,” says Supriya. “When we plant trees for this species, we are also protecting fresh water, clean air, food and other necessities, as well as shade and shelter for many other animals, birds, insects and reptiles. In fact, protecting these tiger habitats also helps minimize floods and droughts, and mitigates the effects of climate change.

She adds, “We have also reached a milestone by planting over 5 million trees in Similipal National Park in Odisha and our dream is to create as natural and safe refuge as possible for tigers in order to avoid the isolation of their habitat which makes them vulnerable to multiple dangers. . Every tree is a step in the right direction and I hope everyone who cherishes Indian wildlife will support us in this mission.

Grow-Trees has created many projects focused on protecting tigers and other wildlife where people can support wildlife habitat conservation and restoration by planting trees as gifts or greetings for loved ones. By providing a simple online platform for planting trees, the organization hopes to unite people and have a big impact on our socio-environmental systems.

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