Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Large-scale deforestation along the Assam-Meghalaya border

Large-scale deforestation triggered by illegal logging and timber smuggling has pushed the Rani forest landscape along the Assam-Meghalaya border to the brink. The reserve forests of Rani, Jorasal and Kawashing under Kamrup East Forest Division are spread over an area of 45,981 hectares, where sal and teak were once predominant. Massive destruction inside the reserve forests  has also triggered exodus of wild elephants into the nearby fringe villages in search of food even during the monsoon season. Local people attribute this worsening man-elephant conflict to human-induced depredations in the forests.

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