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Dhanushadham Protected Forest is the “ILLICIT FELLING AND GRAZING FREE ZONE (अनियमित कटान तथा चरिचरण मुक्त क्षेत्र)”.

Dhanushadham Protected Forest is being declared as Illicit Felling and Grazing Free Zone on 30th May , 2016 by the respected Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation.

Welcome gate

Welcome gate of the declaration programme

The interaction and awareness programmes, a strong co-operation from local community, a great leadership of Sh. Shankar Narayan Jha , AFO, Department of Forest, Dhanusha and a continuous and tireless support of Mithila Wildlife Trust made it possible for the forest to achieve it. It is necessary to mention here that total financial expenses for this achievement is Rs.1,500/- (Rupees One Thousand and Five Hundred Only), that too from external sources not the Government/NGO/INGO’s Budget.

Together, Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council (DPF Council) and Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) started conservation awareness programmes in July-2013. Over 100 interaction and awareness programmes were organized jointly in all the wards of Dhanushadham Municipality, Dhanusha.

Inscription declaring Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Inscription declaring Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Inscription in the office compound of DPF

Inscription in the office compound of DPF

The forest is surrounded by 8,627 household and total of 45,008 population. With this announcement, DPF has become the first forest in the nation to be both Illicit Felling and Grazing Free forest at a time, without temporary or permanent boundary or any type of fencing.

Inauguration by respected secretary, forest

Inauguration by respected secretary, forest

Group photo with Inscription declaring the DPF as restricted zone for illecit felling and grazing

Group photo with Inscription declaring the DPF as restricted zone for illecit felling and grazing

The announcement was made by chief guest Shree Uday Chandra Thakur (Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation). Programme was chaired by Sh. Jagdish Yadav, President, DPF Council and special guests were Dr. Annapurna Lal Das, Member Secretary, President Chure Tarai Madhesh Sanrakshan Vikash Samiti, Sh. Gaurishankar Timla (DG, Department of Forest), Sh. Jivachh Sah (Personal Secretary, President of Nepal), Sh. Yadubansh Jha (Ex-Minister, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation), Sh. Ram Kumar Sharma (President, Greater Janakpur Area Development Council), Sh. Braj Kishor Yadav (Ex-DG, Department of Forest), Dr. Akhileshwar Lal Karna (RD, Central Forest Directorate), Sh. Dilip Kumar Chapagai, CDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Suresh Vikram Sah (SSP, Janakpur), Sh. Santosh Mani Nepal (Chief, WWF Nepal), Sh. Raj Kishor Sah (Nimit LDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Raj Kishor Yadav (President, Videh Mithila Tourism Development Board), Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, Mithila Wildlife Trust).

Presence of DFCC members, Media Personals, Nepal Army, APF, line agencies, DFO, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Sindhuli and Chitwan, around 400 local buddies made the programme a historical event for the nation.

MWT Chairman receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Forest Secretary, DG Forest

MWT Chairman receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Forest Secretary, DG Forest

Certificate of Appreciation awarded to MWT Chairman Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal

Certificate of Appreciation awarded to MWT Chairman Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal

Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

It was an inexpressible moment to receive Certificate of Appreciation by the respected Secretary, MoFSC. Both Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, MWT) personally and also MWT officially was awarded along with several supporters of the forest.

Thanks to the residence of Dhanushadham municipality, APF and Nepal Police to support us achieve this goal. We hope that this achievement will support us a lot in development of DPF as a Biological Unit in near future.

Special thanks to Suresh Sharma sir (AFO, DoF, Dhanusha), all DoF, Dhanusha staff and DPF Council Members. This historical achievement was impossible without your unconditional and continuous support.

Kindly be in touch if you would like to support us in our day to day activities.

A MEGA STEP TOWARDS FUTURE OF JANAKPUR

For the first time in the history, Janakpur is jeweled with the development which will bound regular tourists to spend more time and attract new tourists to the area.

Way to Mini Zoo in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Way to Mini Zoo in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Several records show that Janakpur receives around 10 Lakh (One million) tourists every year. They visit Janaki temple in Janakpur and Dhanush temple at Dhanushadham and return back within no time lacking the tourism spot in the area. It is natural that if we visit a place for half an hour we carry fast food or readymade food with us instead of staying or having food in the hotels and restaurants at the place. Janakpur is facing the same. Instead of getting benefited, Janakpur is used as a dust bin to throw plastic bags or packing materials and food wastes carried with the tourist.

One will be highly excited to know that the tourists visiting to Janakpur and Dhanushadham will be able to spend much time here. Animal enclosures are being constructed in the forest situated at Dhanushadham, near Dhanush temple (20 KM North–east from Janakpur).

Snake enclosure and turtle enclosure is constructed as part of proposed Dhanushadham Biological Unit inside Dhanushadham Protected Forest. Though the plan has been approved by Government of Nepal in 2069 B.S. (2013 AD), it is unable to drag the attention of Government or other donor agencies.

Three-keeled Land Turtle inside Mini Zoo managed by Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal (1)

Three-keeled Land Turtle inside Mini Zoo managed by Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal (1)

Cobra looking outside of the snake enclosure in DPF

Cobra looking outside of the snake enclosure in DPF

The development is being carried out with the small-small contributions from individuals of Dhanusha district, donations of Mithila Wildlife Trust and budget of Dhanushadham Protected Forest by Department of Forest, Government of Nepal.

Some of the wild animals rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust will be housed in the enclosures for exhibition where most of them are directly released in the wild. We believe that this will encourage local residents and tourist of the park to conserve wildlife.

Three-keeled Land Turtle inside Mini Zoo managed by Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal (2)

Three-keeled Land Turtle inside Mini Zoo managed by Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal (2)

Cobra in a position in the snake enclosure of DPF

Cobra in a position in the snake enclosure of DPF

Burmese Python inside snake enclosure of DPF

Burmese Python inside snake enclosure of DPF

Indian Flap Shell Turtle in Turtle enclosure inside DPF

Indian Flap Shell Turtle in Turtle enclosure inside DPF

You are heartily invited to visit Dhanushadham Protected Forest and guide us through the developments.

You can also contribute in the developments. Name plate will be attached with the development for your contributions.

Let’s join together to develop Janakpur. Be a regular contributor in development of proposed Dhanushadham Biological Unit.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION PROGRAMME STARTED IN BUFFER ZONE OF DHANUSHADHAM PROTECTED FOREST

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

Department of Forest, Dhanusha and Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal together started Community Interaction Programme in buffer zone of Dhanushadham Protected Forest. The Programme has been started from Dharampur village and will be end at Nausay village.

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

The programme is divided in 4 parts as under;

  1. Community share their feedback on the programmes operated in last financial year and their expectation in current financial year.
  2. Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council explains the programmes and budget for current financial year.
  3. Mithila Wildlife Trust explains the status of wild animals of the forest, expectations from community to protect them and methods to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the buffer zone.
  4. All the participants including council members and MWT members roam inside forest for 1 hour to see the changes inside forest after One year of conservation.
Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Two programmes have been completed so far. All the valuable feedback and suggestions from community have been noted, so that, we can include them in future.

Commitments of continuous support from local community really encourage us in conservation and development of the forest.

THE CRAZE OF PRIVATE PLANTATION in DHANUSHA, NEPAL

Free Plant Distribution Programme at DPF

Free Plant Distribution Programme at DPF

Around 2,200 people collected sapling for free from DPF Nursery this year. The free plant distribution programme started on 26.07.2014 ended on 18.08.2014, continued for 22 days. Six staff from DoF, Two from DPF Council and Two from Mithila Wildlife Trust was busy in distribution of the sapling and Two Lakh and Fifteen Thousand sapling were distributed during the period.

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery (1)

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

This is the condition of a single nursery, where DoF, Dhanusha is having more than 10 Nursery including One in District Office. The craze of private plantation in Dhanusha district can be assumed from the situation as no plant remains in any of the nursery. DoF, Dhanusha has planned to expand the programmes in other places of the district.

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

People Waiting in queue to collect Sapling from DPF Nursery

The changing trend in Dhanushadham municipality is quite positive and should be appreciated as the populations diverted to private plantation were depending on DPF to fulfill their need of firewood and timber products, which is impossible for a small patch of the forest. As per the records, 8,603 households are there in Dhanushadham where only 18,816 Nos. of trees are remaining in the forest. So, it is confirmed that substitute is required instead of depending on the existing forest.

Person collecting Sapling from DPF Nursery

Person collecting Sapling from DPF Nursery

This is the one of the examples, which made to think DoF and MWT to protect this forest. The existence of the forest was in danger, but fortunately the regular interaction and awareness programmes of both DoF and MWT have solved the problems.

Government of Nepal should encourage more private plantation throughout country, so that, the forest can be secured without any conflict with local community. We have experienced that community participation works best for such conservation.

RESCUE OF BANDED KRAIT SNAKE (Bungarus fasciatus)

MWT Chairman with rescued snake

MWT Chairman with rescued snake

Mithila Wildlife Trust rescued a Banded Krait (Bungarus fasciatus) from Bhoyl village, Dhanusha. The snake was roaming nearby the Temple where Shivcharcha (a Special worship for Lord Shiva) was going on, so, people were misguided to superstitious beliefs. They hit the snake with a stick, the snake couldn’t move due to pain and they kept the snake in a steel drum. People coming to the temple were paying a minimum amount and they were praying the snake too.

Inside view of temple

Inside view of temple

A gentle man from the village called Mr. Suresh Sharma, AFO, Dhanusha and Mr. Sharma had called our rescue team for the rescue and treatment of the snake.

MWT Chairman with rescued snake

MWT Chairman with rescued snake

The call was attended by Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman MWT and he with help of Mr. Santosh Rajak rescued the snake.

Rescued Banded Krait in DPF

Rescued Banded Krait in DPF

The snake is under treatment inside Dhanushadham Protected Forest.

MWT thanks all the gentle people supported us to give the snake a new life.