Recently wrote an article about the forest fires in Himachal Pradesh.
by Payal Singh, intern at Himalayan Ecotourism
The other day Stephan and I had gone to Gushani to meet two of the cooperative members to discuss the idea of opening a plant nursery through crowdfunding. The first, thing we needed to figure out was where to grow these trees, the budget, the maintenance & most importantly, the kinds of trees to be grown. Through the discussion, we inevitably touched upon the issue of forest fires in the region. That’s what left me yearning for more.
On the India Spends website, a Hindustan Times report read, “India loses about Rs 550 crore every year because of damages due to forest fires.” If that doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will.
As I began researching, it saddened me to find that most of these fires were man-made. The locals set fire to the forest to get fast and better growth of…
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