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Heritage Trees

  • 11 Jun 2021
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The Maharashtra Cabinet has passed an action plan to protect and preserve trees older than 50 years in urban areas by terming them heritage trees.

Key Points

  • Concept of Heritage Tree:
    • Few important criteria for considering a tree as a "heritage tree" are: size, shape, rarity, aesthetical/historical values, association with historic person, place or even myths.
    • A certain species need not be native to an area for this tag.
  • Components of Plan:
    • The provisions included in the plan are the concept of heritage trees and a plan of action for conservation, method to define the age of the tree, rules to be followed before hacking trees etc.
    • Compensatory Plantation:
      • It will include planting the number of trees equivalent to the age of trees to be cut.
      • The saplings need to be six to eight feet in height while planting and they will undergo geo-tagging with seven years of caring period.
      • The option of monetary compensation has also been given, instead of compensatory plantation.
    • State-level Tree Authority: The authority will be formed to protect and preserve heritage trees.
      • Tree Census: It will ensure that the tree census is conducted after every five years.
      • Land Use: Ensuring that 33% of government land is used for tree plantation.

Source: TH

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