With the onset of summer, forest fires are a major hazard in the dry, deciduous forests across the landscape. Wherever possible, our teams make it their top priority to assist in fighting fires. During April, Ashfaq assisted in fighting fires on 3 occasions – at Mehandikheda (April 18 in different compartments) and at Raikheda on April 30.
During the month, Ashfaq also organized 5 programmes in villages to promote awareness about forest fires and the need for everyone to join hands in fighting fires. In 2 of the meetings, local staff of the Forest Department joined us in addressing the villagers.
|Preparing water pots at Nayakheda|
The other major work during April was related to relocation of villages from Satpura Tiger Reserve. On April 29, Ashfaq organized a meeting of the residents of Parraspani and Nayakheda villages to discuss relocation-related issues. Shri L.K. Shukla (Dep Ranger) and Shri Chain Singh Dhurve (Dep Ranger) participated in this programme. Ashfaq was asked to organize this meeting by R P Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Satpura Tiger Reserve.
|Matkuli - villagers stitching bags following our sample|
Ashfaq took Keshav Kahar, a resident of Matkuli, to Kuwabadla, a village around 50 km from Matkuli, where the Forest Department has organized villagers to make and sell products from lantana. Keshav has shown interest in taking up this work at Matkuli.