Environmentalists say that inclusion of mango on this list has resulted in indiscriminate felling of old trees in the Western Ghats region.
Who would have thought that one misguided decision taken by officials and lawmakers could lead to large-scale felling of age-old mango trees in the Western Ghats? An amendment to the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976, passed at the Belagavi legislature session, has lead to just that.
The amendment allows for the felling of certain varieties of trees without the permission of the Department of Forests. The department issued an order on March 3, 2015, listing 26 species of trees that are exempt from the Karnataka Forest Rules, 1969, and mango is among them.
Environmentalists, however, decry that inclusion of mango on this list has resulted in indiscriminate felling of old mango trees.
Anant Hegde Ashisar, former chairman of the Western Ghats Task Force, said only grafted mango trees should have been listed and not the wild mango…