Sunday, May 18, 2008

UP to get new tiger reserve in Pilibhit

UP to get new tiger reserve in Pilibhit
17 May, 2008 02:46:16
Lucknow, May 17: The UP government plans to set up a new tiger reserve in Pilibhit.
The new reserve would be spread over an area of approximately 1,000 sq km. It is expected to ease the pressure on the Dudhwa forest reserve that has witnessed a massive depletion of forest cover in recent years, adding to the man-animal conflict in the region.
The new tiger reserve would run through Pilibhit, Kishenpur sanctuary and Khutar range of Shahjahanpur. The Dudhwa forest reserve includes Katarniaghat and Kakraha range of Bahraich division.
Pilibhit, Khutar and Kakraha are reserved forest areas that will be converted into protected areas for the reserves with a slight alteration in the boundaries. The outline for the reserve, as identified by the Critical Tiger Habitat Committee, was sent to the Central government in January this year.
The reserve was sanctioned in this year's budget and forest department has already completed the exercise of delineating its stretch and extent.

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