The Regional Forestry Officer (RFO) for the Central River Region North, Pa Demba Sigi Jeng, has called on the people of the region to protect the trees in the forests against destruction.
He made this remark recently at a tree planting exercise held in five forests in the area; namely: Touba Kuta Woodlot, Tanu Forest Park, Gassang Forest Park, Niani Maru Forest Park and Kahi Batti Forest Park. He said so far over fourteen thousand trees have been planted in the aforementioned parks within the region.
Jeng noted that the land territory of The Gambia was covered by dense and almost impenetrable thick forest. “At that time, the forests were rich in both flora and fauna and also constituted the natural habitat for a variety of large mammals which are now almost extinct,” he added.
He asserted that with increasing population, the equilibrium between human needs and natural systems became disturbed, thus starting a viscious cycle of forest destruction caused by rampant bush fires, over exploitation of forest resources and unsustainable agricultural practices.
For his part, the Chief of Niani, Alhaji Pierre Bah, applauded the Department of Forestry through the regional forest office for their efforts in the protection and management of the forests.
He posited that The Gambia has made some giant strides towards forest landscape protection and management over the years and that government, under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh, has demonstrated its commitment through the formulation of appropriate forest policy frameworks and development of strategies since the mid-nineties.
Speaking on behalf of the forest committees, Ebrima Conteh of Bakadaji and Madi Mbye of Jallow Kunda both commended the regional forestry office for providing them with the seedlings. They also called on all to plant trees, nurture and protect them from destruction, stray animals and bushfires.
by Lamin SM Jawo in CRR