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Honorable Minister distributing Saplings to the farmers in the inaugural function of Sadivayal Kumki Elephant Camp at Bolampatty Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Sadivayal Kumki Elephant Camp at Bolampatty Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Minister distributing compensation to the farmers in the inaugural function of Sadivayal Kumki Elephant Camp at Bolampatty Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the CM Birthday – Massive Tree Planting programme 2012 – Nursery in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the CM Birthday – Massive Tree Planting programme 2012 – Planted Saplings in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Vehicle provided to Sadivayal Kumki Elephant Camp at Bolampatty Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Forest protection Squad, to look after the coming and movement of wild animals in Coimbatore Forest Division

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the Anti poaching shed in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the CM Birthday – Massive Tree Planting programme 2012 – Planted Saplings in Coimbatore Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister putting Fendendazole Feed Pellets to wild animals in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the Perculation pond for wild animals in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

Honorable Forest Minister inspecting the drinking water pond for wild animals in Sirumugai Range, Coimbatore Forest Division.

 

Joint patrolling of forest boundaries

Forest officials of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have decided to conduct joint patrolling of forest boundaries to prevent plundering of forest wealth, ganja cultivation, illicit distillation and other nefarious activities.

District Forest Officer, Coimbatore, I. Anwardeen, along with his counterpart from the Mannarkad Division in Kerala, K.V. Uthaman, conducted joint inspection and verified forest boundaries along the Karamadai range in Tamil Nadu.

Coimbatore district shares 75 km of forest boundary with the Mannarkad Division besides 15 to 20 km with the Palakkad Division.

Key decisions

The district forest officers decided on a number of joint efforts for better management of the reserve forests, Mr. Anwardeen said.

These included systematic strengthening of the patrolling mechanism along the forest boundaries, besides enhancing mutual exchange of information, communication and inputs on poachers, tree cutters, illicit distillers and ganja growers.

It was decided that range officers should meet once a month and District Forest Officers, once in three months. It was decided to conduct frequent raids.

The meeting decided to organise patrolling of areas vulnerable to ganja cultivation.

Emergency alerts

For quick and easier exchange of emergency alerts, it was decided to provide VHF wireless walkie-takie sets to officers of both the States along the boundaries.

Copies of thematic maps on forest locations, geographical locations and resources would be exchanged for better understanding to ensure instant and swift reaction in the event of a need.

The Coimbatore Forest Department is planning a similar coordination exercise with officials from the Palakkad Division shortly.