Madhya Pradesh forest team in Nagpur to quiz Katni-based poachers
June 17, 2013: BHOPAL: A team of forest officials from Madhya Pradesh reached Nagpur on Sunday to interrogate the three Katni-based poachers, who were arrested by the local crime branch team of Maharashtra recently.
Citizen volunteers to patrol Jarida range of tiger reserve
June 17, 2013: PUNE: Forest authorities of Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati district have decided to deploy additional citizen volunteers in the Jarida range of the reserve area to improve patrolling during the monsoon season. The reserve is an important corridor between the forest areas of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Seven smugglers arrested, 209 red sanders logs seized
June 17, 2013: The staff of forest department seized as many as 209 red sanders logs and arrested seven smugglers after conducting raids in the forest areas in Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore districts on Sunday.
Maharashtra loses much of its forest cover to encroachments
June 17, 2013: PUNE: Around 72,463 hectares of forest land in the state has been encroached upon, that has led to several man-animal conflicts over the last few years and also forest fragmentation.
Drought kills jumbos in Veerappan country
June 16, 2013: COIMBATORE: It's been nearly a decade since Veerappan, the brigand who is suspected to have killed at least 200 elephants, was killed. However, the forests of Sathyamangalam on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border remain a cursed territory for jumbos.
National Tiger Conservation Authority mulling CBI probe into tiger poaching
June 15, 2013: NAGPUR: Taking serious note of the TOI report on Thursday about suspected killing of 11 tigers in Vidarbha and neighbouring Madhya Pradesh in the last two months by organized poachers belonging to the notorious Baheliya community of Katni, the rattled National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) sought factual report from the PCCF (wildlife).
Four bear cubs set free in the wild
June 14, 2013: GUWAHATI: Four Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) were set free in the wild in Mehao wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, following months-long hand-raising and rehabilitation efforts by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)-Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
No pay for 155 workers in cash-strapped PTR
June 12, 2013: DALTONGANJ: About 155 foresters of the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) have been working without pay since April. This is a glaring reminder of the acute funds shortage at the tiger reserve.
Greener the resort, greater the access to forest
June 12, 2013: Resorts operating in protected areas can now hope for greater access to forests for their clients.
A new marks system will rate the resort’s green quotient, and the higher the score, the larger the number of seats it will qualify for on the limited number of safari rides now permitted within national parks and sanctuaries.
From the fringes of the forest
June 11, 2013 : There was a time when Marudhamalai was the hill station closest to the city. It was cool and green. As children, we would pedal up to the foothills, crossing the deep Yaanaipallam. Once, when in Class III, I went up with my cousin, and took a tumble there. We returned home, nursing bruises and a damaged cycle.