The Assam forest department officials on Monday busted an illegal bench mill at Mohanbari in Dibrugarh. According to a forests official, a modern machine which was used for cutting timber and a huge quantity of timber were seized during the raid.
Arunachal Pradesh minister Mama Natung on Tuesday informed the Assembly that the state forest department will soon convene a meeting with its counterpart in Assam for evolving a mechanism to check rampant illegal felling of trees by timber mafias in jungles along the border of the two North-eastern neighbours.
The India State of Forest Report 2021 has vindicated what activists, lawyers and academicians have been saying all along—Arunachal Pradesh, which is the second-largest forested state in India, is losing its primary forests and that too at a large scale every passing year.
The Northeast is India’s greenest region, accounting for one-fourth of the country’s forest cover. However, recent increases in deforestation now threaten the region’s pristine biodiversity.
The rate of deforestation in India’s Northeast has increased sharply over a span of 18 years, according to data from the online monitoring platform Global Forest Watch collated by the University of Maryland.