The National Forest Policy aims and emphasizes at maintaining 33% of the country’s geographical area under forest and green cover. In view of this and as a part of the 50 crore plantation programme within Maharashtra, the Maharashtra Forest Department aims to plant 4 crore saplings all over the State between 1st to July 7th, 2017 to celebrate ‘Vanmohotsav’.
The plantation programme, which was announced in 2016 with the aim of planting 2 crore trees on 1st July 2016 was a resounding success with the final total reported figure of 2.82 crore saplings planted on a single day. To maintain consistency of this platform without affecting its momentum, the Forest Department has set the target of plantation of 4 crore, 13 crore and 33 crore saplings under the mission of 50 crore plantation which shall be accomplished in the three consecutive years viz. 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The 4 crore saplings for the year 2017 will be planted during the Vanmohotsav, July 1st to July 7th in a state-wide drive with the involvement of 33 government departments along with Students of Schools and Colleges, NSS, NCC, CSR, NGOs, Railways, National Highways, Defence, NABARD and other stakeholders of Society.
In a first of its kind, a 24-hour toll free helpline number 1926 called ‘Hello Forest’ has been set up to provide information regarding plantation, protection and for mass awareness. The Forest Department has created a mobile application called ‘My Plants’ to record details of the plantation such as numbers, species and location into the computer system of the Forest Department. All volunteers at individual, collective and organizational level should download and use this application to record their tree plantation work through the application, which will be operational from 1st July to 7th July.
In consonance of the public participation, the Maharashtra Forest Department has initiated the ‘Maharashtra Harit Sena’/ ‘Green Army’ which is a body of dedicated volunteers to participate in the plantation, protection, and activities in forest, wildlife, and related sectors around the year. Individuals and organisations interested in volunteering can register on the Green Army website www.greenarmy.mahaforest.gov.in
An integrated drive has been set in place to ensure seamless and successful participation from all stakeholders of society, especially the public.
Click Here to Register with the Green Army.