CCF Ecotourism hosts 293rd Keran LoC Tree Talk

Excelsior Correspondent

Students and teachers of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Keran, during 293rd LoC Tree Talk organised by CCF Ecotourism at Keran in Kupwara.
Students and teachers of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Keran, during 293rd LoC Tree Talk organised by CCF Ecotourism at Keran in Kupwara.

KUPWARA, June 15: With the mission of spreading green awareness among all stakeholders of environment and reach lesser visited places in the State, OP Sharma, Vidyarthi CCF Ecotourism today hosted 293rd session at far flung location of Keran beside river Kishanganga flowing along Line of control between India and Pakistan.
While interacting with students and teachers of Govt Higher Secondary School Keran, OP Sharma highlighted that prominent trees, shrubs, herbs and climbers found growing in Keran forest range need to be understood in the context of Pahadi nomenclature, local folk usage, traditional knowledge and modern innovations.
Briefing the students about features of various trees, Sharma said, “Maple tree locally called Trikanna has tone wood useful for making musical instruments and its autumn foliage turns red like Chinars of Kashmir. Indian Elm Ulmus villosa locally called Kaayi has durable timber and wood does not rot under water.”
Many older trees of Elm seen preserved at religious shrines and sacred places like Mata Kheer Bhawani at Kupwara, Vasuki Nag temple at Gatha/Udrana, Baramulla Ziyarat indicates that species has a religious and cultural value in addition to its timber and fodder usage, he added.
He said Pahadi names of biodiversity need to be disseminated across younger generation to connect to roots and past traditions of our forefathers.
Celtis called Bhatkal, Aesculus called Bankhodi, Ulmus called Kaari, Populus called Bagnu, Taxus called Thuni, Cedrus called Paludar, Abies called Rewad, Parrotiopsis called Pased, Prunus called Bharth, Rhus called Tetad, Arkhad, Picea called Katchhal, Quercus called Shoor in local Pahadi have many usages and need to be raised in forest nurseries.
Prominent among those who shared inputs on forest resources and local economy included Brigadier Amandeep Singh, Major Satyander Singh, Incharge Principal, Waqar Hamid Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Rathar, Ali Abas Joo, Showkat Ahmad, Sarpanch Abdul Kabir Bhat, Abdul Majaz Khan and others.

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