Three each in

Bijapur and Mysore districts, two in Bangalore, and one each in Chikballapur and Shimoga districts – to be declared as heritage trees

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Mangalore, Aug. 4

Ten trees in Karnataka with ages ranging from 130 years to 883 years and one of them covering an area of around two acres have been recommended to be declared as heritage trees by the Karnataka Biodiversity Board.

In an informal chat with presspersons on the sidelines of an environment conservation campaign at the Mangalore University on Wednesday, Mr Anantha Hegde Ashisara, Chairman of the Western Ghats Task Force, said that the Karnataka Biodiversity Board has recommended the declaration of 10 trees in the State as heritage trees.

The board, which met on July 2, has decided to declare 10 trees – three each in Bijapur and Mysore districts, two in Bangalore, and one each in Chikballapur and Shimoga districts – to be declared as heritage trees under the Biological Diversity Act 2002.

Of these trees, a banyan tree at Jade village in Soraba taluk of Shimoga district covers almost two acres. The girth of this four-century-old tree is around 330 metres.

A tamarind tree at Devarahipparagi village in Sindagi taluk of Bijapur district is almost 883 years old, and it is 39.39 metres in height. Bijapur taluk has two baobab trees ( Adansonia digitata) aged 359 years and 600 years.

The four-century-old ‘ dodda alada mara' ( Ficus bengalensis) at Kettohalli in Bangalore urban district has also been included in this list.

The youngest among these trees is a 130-year-old ‘ kempu booraga mara' near Palace Gate in Mysore.

Other trees recommended for heritage status are: a 200-year-old neem tree at T. Venkatapura village in Shidlagatta taluk of Chikballapur district; a 260-year-old Ficus bengalensis tree at Chikkahalli in Mysore district; a 160-year-old ‘peepal' tree at Manasagangotri (Mysore University campus); and a 140-year-old ‘Araucaria cookii' plant at Lalbagh in Bangalore.

Mr Ashisar said that the biodiversity board is planning to hold a meeting on August 12 to discuss the conservation of agro biodiversity in the State. The agro biodiversity is different in various places in the State, and these should be conserved for future.

He said that the State had identified 12 MPCAs (medicinal plant conservation area) during 1983. One more such MPCA was notified near Kollur in Udupi district recently.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 5, 2010)
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