NWA/GGNO Chapanala 2 habitat restoration

Nature & Wildlife Association/Green Guard Nature Organization in Chapanala part 2 habitat restoration

On October 28 2017 NWA, GGNO and the Assam Forest Department went to inspect the first habitat restoration site for:

 

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what we found was absolutely stunning! A prime elephant habitat totally destroyed by invasive plants!

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The trail up into the hills, invasive alien plants everywhere!                                         The inspection team,

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Reaching the lake area.                                 The whole area is covered by invasive plants! No grass for elephants!

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Everywhere!!!                                                                           Circling the lake.

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What a fantastic place.                                                           Weeds, weeds, weeds and weeds!

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Unbelievable!!!                                                                         No food for elephants at all!

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Habitat loss in extreme!                                That’s why these huge herds come out to eat rice paddy in the fields!

The scale of habitat loss to alien invasive plant species was absolutely overwhelming!

What we saw here and in other areas was confirmation of our program of habitat restoration!

Large scale habitat restoration throughout the whole elephant range is urgently needed!

So we went to work, hundreds of villagers joined us on November 5 2017 to recover a first habitat of around 1 square kilometer.

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And we returned on November !9 2017 to burn off the whole area.

 

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Food to live!

Further maintenance in the form of annual burning during January/February is required.

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