Need for tree transplanting
There is a need to take up such experiments, acquire field knowledge and prepare package of practices on this Technique so that it can be employed ‘as and when’ required based on technical suitability. Hence, a well- structured ‘Standard Operative Procedure’ (SOP) can be developed on Tree Transplanting based on the past experience and the on-going experiments at various forest divisions in the state.
It is also pertinent to mention that large number of well grown trees are in/face danger of cutting during the implementation of developmental projects like road widening, railway line, water related projects, mining etc., The people, politicians, media, conservationists, environmentalists, judiciary, etc., take cognizance of the fact that the trees are being cut without giving a second thought. They also ask, whether such of these trees can be saved?
Since their concern is genuine, we need to address such concerns by educating them with the technicalities involved in dealing with these live specimens. Under such circumstances, the transplanting technique can be of some help for selected species depending on the factors as detailed above.
A similar exigent situation arose in Gadag Forest division in Dharwad circle where, about 1300 trees were to be cut in the Gadag district for road widening project between Hubballi and Hosapete implemented by NHAI and about 500 trees were to be cut in a Water impounding project. The Gadag District administration showed keen interest and commitment to save as many of these trees from cutting and relocate/transplant them in suitable places. Then the Gadag Forest division got involved and planned for Tree Transplanting, in consultation with the senior officers. The trees were selected, based on the criteria cited above, they were transplanted. The post-transplant care is being taken adequately and these trees are showing the signs of survival and establishment. But, these trees are to be observed for at least for twelve months to ascertain their successful establishment and growth. Various environmental conservation agencies, NGOs, Scientists, press/media, people, politicians etc., have expressed their satisfaction about the methods adopted for transplanting and are confident that these trees will survive.