ATTARIYA: The forests in Kailali district, which are considered vital natural heritages of Province 7, have been rapidly depleting lately owing to various reasons.
Encroachment on the forest land and its resources has been the key factor for depletion of the forests which cover 205,939 hectares (62.68 per cent) of Kailali’s total land.
The Rani-Jamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project, Khutiya Dipayal Fast-track, and Seti Lokmarga, among other ongoing development works in Kailali are causing series of the onslaught.
According to Sector Forest Office, Balchaur, a total of 13,348 trees were cut down in the course of constructing Rani-Jamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project, in three different phases, from one national and eight community forests in the locality.
Bhim Dhakal, Assitant Forest Officer at the Forest Division Office, Kailali said that around 1,040 trees will be removed to complete the construction of Postal Highway in the district.
Similarly, around 9,686 trees need to be cut down for the construction of Seti Lokmarga and 779 trees for the Khutiya Dipayal Fast-track that occupies 35.73 hectares of forest area.
Dhakal further shared that forest encroachment, deforestation and poaching of wild animals are major challenges in the path of forest and wildlife preservation.
It has been estimated that around 30,000 hectares of forest land have been encroached in Kailali district alone.