Forest watch towers at Kigwema village

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Dimapur, July 18: Forest watch towers cum forest view points were constructed at two separate locations along the way to Shurho Peak by Kigwema village community and sponsored by the Forest Department.
During a routine inspection on July 17 at Kigwema village by the staff of Kohima Forest Division, DFO Kohima, Rongsenlemla Imchen, IFS appreciated the efforts of the community with regard to forest and wild life conservation and stressed on sustainability of the community conservation endeavour. She stated that the main objectives of the watch towers are mainly for protection purpose and aesthetic utility.
The Department also thanked the Kigwema Biodiversity and Wildlife Management Committee, the village council, youth organisation, women organisation and the churches for their collaborative responsibility in the community conservation effort.
She informed that from both the watch towers one can get a glimpse of around 60% of Kigwema community forest including areas near Shurho Peak and Mt. Japfu which is home to tallest rhododendrons and the very rare bird Blyth’s Tragopan. In addition at least 15 villages are visible and perceptible from the towers.
The trekking cum inspection programme was attended by DFO Kohima, Kohima Range staff, Kigwema youth organisation and local functionaries. (Page News Service)