Sustainable Development in Northern India
Most of the preliminary research being finished, we can start field work.
The first thing is to find where to sow the seeds and plant the cuttings that will be planted in one or two years.
Three different ways were chosen:
On my side I decided with all the information I had, which trees will be planted and in which numbers:
Ban oak (Quercus Leucotrichophora), Biul (Grewia Optiva), Deodar (Cedrus Deodara), Dudla (Ficus Nemoralis), Bauhinia Variegata, Beis (Salix Alba), Akhrot (Walnut/Juglans Regia) and Paja (Prunus Padus) if others are not available. Each of these species contribute to at least one of the objectives of the project :
Then we had to collect the seeds and the cuttings. The Forest Department provided more than 200 biul (Grewia Optiva) seeds.
With the help of a Forest Officer I collected 20 Dudla cuttings in Kaneara area. In Hindi Dudla is a name used for many different species. The cuttings collected are from two different ones. Dudla will still be planted but it won’t necessarily be Ficus Nemoralis as I planned it to be. It does not matter; the more diversity in the plantation there is, the better.
Igor and I collected Deodar seeds in the forest above Dal Lake and ban seeds mainly in the fields. These were in a very poor quality (worms) so I decided to plant at least 1600 of them to be sure there will be enough germinations (we need 600 seedlings).
Then planting time came. We turned 50 square meters of soil – see the video 🙂
And sowed the seeds collected and planted the cuttings:
Hopefully the first leaves will appear in a few weeks. Snow is now covering the soil, providing water to the seeds while melting in the sunshine.
“Come on seeds: Grow, grow, grow !!!”
Community Reforestation Project Manager