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Natural heritage site status sought for Yana

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A limestone rock formation at Yana.

SIRSI, MAY 28. At a public meeting at Yana on May 24, it was resolved that Yana, a historical and a major tourist centre of Uttara Kannada, should be declared as National Natural Heritage Site.

According to a press release, the meeting was held under the auspices of the Yana Village Forest Committee, the Vrakshalaksha Andolan, the Medini Organisation and the Forest Department, Katgal, and local youth clubs and self-help groups.

A botanist, Keshav Hege, who studied environmental conditions in the Yana area, said foreigners had set their eyes on the soil, stones and coconut trees of the area.

Yana should be protected under the Biodiversity Preservation Act 2002. To preserve the biodiversity of Yana, it should be declared as a Natural Heritage Site.

Vasudev of the Sirsi Forestry College said eco-tourism could be developed there. Talegudda of Yana had special geographical feature. Moreover, Yana had attracted international attention.

Anant Asisar, President of the Uttara Kannada District Parisara Samrakshana Samithi, said there were efforts to lift soil from Yana. A mining company had set its eyes on the Motigudda near Yana. One should be aware of this fact.

A scientist, Subhaschandran, and an ornithologist, P.D. Sudarshan, have also sent a study report mentioning Yana as "sensitive biodiversity area."

Umesh Shastri, Borkar, and the Range Forest Officer, Prahlad Naik, who represented the Forest Department, said the Department would support efforts to protect the evergreen forests in the Yana area.

Vinayak Bhat, Mahendra, Vaman Naik, R.G. Bhat, members of the Yana Village Forest Committee, and Seetaram Bhat, temple committee president, regretted that the Government had not paid attention to providing basic amenities in Yana.

The Zilla Parisara Samiti Secretary, Ravindra Shetty, proposed a vote of thanks.

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