In 2017, Mithila Wildlife Trust, with local partners, planted over 56,000 trees in the North West section of the protected forest.
Prior to 2013, this area suffered from significant overgrazing, and trees being cut down for firewood. There were nearly no trees left in the area, little grass/foliage growth, and wildlife was scarce.
Since then, Mithila Wildlife Trust has sectioned off this part of the forest to stop livestock grazing and planted over 56,000 trees. What a big difference!
As you see in the photos of the planted seedlings and a maturing section, they have been growing well!
The fence has been built in sections to ensure animals do not eat the newly planted trees while they are young.
What is Next?
In June 2018, tree planting will begin in the Northeast section of the forest. While this section has been in recovery since it was made illegal to graze in the forest since May 2016, additional intervention is required to stimulate tree growth.