DFO allows locals to use felled timber

- POST REPORT, SURKHET

Dec 12, 2014-

The District Forest Office (DFO), Surkhet has decided to allow consumers of five community forests in the Chure Conservation Area (CCA) to utilise firewood and felled timber for domestic consumption purpose.

District Forest Officer Shambhu Prasad Chaurasiya said that local consumers and flood victims have been allowed to use firewood and the trees felled by heavy rain storms five months ago for domestic consumption.

The DFO’s decision comes at a time when consumers and office bearers of the community forest users’ groups in the CCA have been demanding that local consumers should not be allowed to utilise felled timbers and firewood from the community forests for their own consumption saying that it will increase their dependence on forest resources.

However, arguing that local consumers should be allowed to utilise felled timbers as it is not possible to conserve forests without their participation, Chaurasiya said that this is the first time that local consumers have been allowed to utilise forest resources for domestic purpose. He further said that consumers have the rights to use felled trees and that they have also responsibility to conserve the forests.

Published: 13-12-2014 07:52

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