By Fatima Anafu- Astanga, GNA
Bolgatanga, Aug. 3, GNA - The Forestry Commission in the Upper East Region has targeted to plant trees to cover 200 hectares of degraded forest areas as part of plans to reclaim portions of the forest reserves.
The exercise, which involves three forest districts in the Region including the Navrongo, Bawku and Bolgatanga Municipalities, will grow about 300,000 trees of Mahogany, cyber and Teak.
Mr YawKwakye, Regional Manager of the Commission, who made this known to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bolgatanga, indicated that the exercise was supported by staff and some recruits from the Youth Employment Authority, with the expectation to increase the tree population in forest reserves in those areas.
He said the Navrongo Municipal was expected to cover 80 hectares and has already done about 35 hectares, while Bawku has grown 47 hectares out of 60 hectares and the Bolgatanga Municipal has grown 40 hectares out of a target of 60 hectares.
According to him, the Commission was also undertaking tree planting in urban centres, avenues, communities, schools, churches and hospitals and open spaces in the Region aside the reclamation exercise and indicated that 2,000 seedlings including Neem, cassia(cotton), cyber, and Abizia Lebec were being planted in these areas.
The Regional Manager appealed to community members in the various areas designated for the exercise to protect the trees and added that fire volunteers and other partners were working together to ensure that the trees were protected against bushfires during the dry season.
He said when the project succeeded it would not only reclaim the vegetation cover, but it would allow for harvesting of the wood needs of the people in future, adding that reclamation was the best option for the Region because “when the last tree dies the last man dies”.