Tree census begins in Coimbatore

A tree census was conducted in the city on Wednesday by Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam, along with some voluntary organisations. On Wednesday, they assessed the tree cover in Ramnagar. A full-fledged study will be conducted from June 5 for all wards within Coimbatore corporation. 

The members, consisting of students from the institute and member of various environmental organisations were divided into groups of five and took stock of the trees in the area.

A Balasubramanian, a professor at the institute and co-ordinator of the programme said based on this study the potential spaces for tree planting can be identified so that further corrective steps can be initiated. He also added that the tree's length, width and even the GPS position will be noted using sophisticated equipment like clinometer, haga altimeter and tree range finder.

NI Jalaludin, president of Nature Conservation Society (NCS) said residents were pleased with the initiative. "We thought people would not allow us to enter their homes to assess the trees. However, as people had read about this in the newspapers, they responded very well to our initiatives," he said.

"We are attempting to take a detailed stock of the trees in the region. According to the directions of the United Nations, 33 per cent of the human living area must be tree cover. Trees are the only living organisms which can generate oxygen and contain pollution. The data will help us assess and improve the environment," he said.

Source: Times of India

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