Sunday, April 23, 2006

Tree census to begin on Sunday

Tree census to begin on Sunday
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and the city’s green thumbs are all set to begin the tree census on Sunday.

Sampige Road in Malleswaram will be the first road to be covered.

BMP officials will count the trees in the Garden City. This is the first time that a dedicated tree census is being carried out in Bangalore, with the BMP recently appointing its first Tree Officer under whose guidance the census will be conducted.

Hasiru Usiru, a public interest group dedicated to conserving nature in Bangalore, will also participate in the tree census.

“The tree census will provide an opportunity for the volunteers to understand urban ecology. It will give them a chance to understand Bangalore’s green cover in terms of quantity as well as quality including the species and health of trees,” says Rohan D’Souza, member, Hasiru Usiru.

”Information about various bird species, insects and other animals that inhabit trees will also be gathered. What will also be observed and recorded is how much care has been taken to maintain the trees,” he added.

“Various types of information such as how much space has been left around the tree base, is there digging being done near the roots of the trees, cementing close to the trees will be gathered which can help rectifying the damage,” D’Souza said.

Volunteers can assemble at Bhashyam Park, near Raja Mills, New Krishna Bhavan Hotel between 9.30 and 10 am and commence the census at 10 am.


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