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Heritage Tree of Maharashtra

Heritage Tree:

The Maharashtra Cabinet has passed an action plan to protect and preserve trees older than 50 years in urban areas by terming them heritage trees.

  • Few important criteria for considering a tree as a “heritage tree” are: size, shape, rarity, aesthetical/historical values, association with historic person, place, or even myths.
  • A certain species need not be native to an area for this tag.
  • The provisions included in the plan are the concept of heritage trees and a plan of action for conservation, methods to define the age of the tree, rules to be followed before hacking trees, etc.

Compensatory Plantation:

  • It will include planting the number of trees equivalent to the age of trees to be cut.
  • The saplings need to be six to eight feet in height while planting and they will undergo geo-tagging with seven years of caring period.
  • The option of monetary compensation has also been given, instead of the compensatory plantation.
  • State-level Tree Authority: The authority will be formed to protect and preserve heritage trees.
  • Tree Census: It will ensure that the tree census is conducted after every five years.
  • Land Use: Ensuring that 33% of government land is used for tree plantation.