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Army launches reforestation drive of 60,000 saplings in Yala

January 09, 2023

Sri Lanka Army has planted 60,000 saplings covering 600 hectares inside the Yala sanctuary in close coordination with the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation while launching a national reforestation programme, recently.

The entire reforestation drive covers Yala, Wattegama, Kebiliththa and adjoining forest reserves.

The 20 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment and 18 Gemunu Watch troops of the 121 Brigade operating under the 12 Division of the Security Force HQ - Central (SFHQ-C) joined their hands with the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation and plans to complete the project by the end of January this year, the Army sources stated.

Since the commencement of the programme, endangered saplings, like Kumbuk, Tamarind, Mahogany, Burma teak, Telambu, Kayan and Ceylon Ironwood were planted, the Army confirmed.

Senior Army Officers and troops, Moneragala Divisional Forest Officer, Regional Forest Officer and staff of the Forest Office joined the programme.