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‘Forest guards should maintain good health'
Forest Handbook 2011 released
SIRSI: “Conservation of forest is the foremost duty of every Forest Department employee. We must save the existing natural forests for posterity,” said Subhas Malkhed, Conservator of Forest, Kanara Circle.
Mr. Malkhed was inaugurating the anniversary programme of State Forest Guards Association here on Friday and he made an all-out appeal for the prevention of forest from extinction.
Forest guards had to cover vast area but it was unfortunate that 40 per cent of the posts were vacant though a number of forest guards were recruited recently, he said.
Yellapur Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) P.B. Karunakar said afforestation programmes should be taken up with the involvement of the public.
Haliyal DCF B.B. Malleshi said that forest was an open treasure. Protection of forest was nature worship.
“If we save forest, forest will save us,” he said. He added that forest guards should maintain good heath.
Sirsi DCF Manojkumar, who released ‘Forest Handbook-2011,' said just as the army guarded the borders of a nation, forest department was protecting the natural wealth and health of a nation and hence they should be as much devoted to this duty.
Karwar DCF R. Gokul, who inducted new motorcycles to be given to the forest guards for the first time, said forest guards should work amidst hardship and the association should be strengthened to carry out the objective of afforestation.
State forest guards association president G. Gangadarayya shared his opinion on the ocassion. Association's Kanara unit president Maruti Naik presided over the programme.
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