Dimapur, January 9: Under the aegis of the Lozaphuhü Village Council and in coordination with the Lozaphuhü Youth Organization and Lozaphuhü Students’ Union with some enthusiastic individuals conducted the mapping of the Village ancestral land, reserved forest and wild life conservation areas taking eight days of strenuous walking to complete the process.
Through this mapping, it has been found that the total traditional area of the village is 49 sq.km which includes the Reserved Forest and Wild Life Conservation area of 15.65 sq.km. This Forest and Wild Life conservation effort has been in existence since 1989 when the village community decided to apportion some areas of Jhum Land as Reserved Forest and Wild life by adopting a resolution prohibiting cultivation and banning of hunting in the Reserved areas. There is also a riverine conservation of 2.5 km at the Lanye river where human activity of any kind is prohibited like fishing, collecting of boulder, etc., in order to preserve and protect the aquatic life in its natural state.
The community said the village would continue this conservation effort and cautioned against hunting by anyone, adding it would put extra effort to protect and preserve the gigantic trees and extremely endangered species like Sambar deer (Tukhro), Tiger (Tukho), Bear (Thuga), Eagle (Zode), Hornbill (Thuro), Peacock Pheasant (Ri-ri), Python (Shie) which are on the brink of extinction.
The community would also continue prohibition against unscrupulous collection of fauna for commercial purposes in its territorial jurisdiction. The village land lies at the base of 607meters at the Tizu-Lanye river confluence and 1865 meters above sea level at the summit which makes the place ideal for thriving ecosystem. Apart from Tizu and Lanye river, other smaller rivers like Tacholeru and Luzacheru flows through the village land as well.
The Council extended its due appreciation to everyone who assisted this venture in various capacities and especially to four individuals: Zhokusheyi Rhakho, Chivosheyi Tsutso, Nesakho Sakha and Sheto Rhakho, who took all the initiative and troubles to complete the whole exercise. (Page News Service)