Published : Telegraph/
The state government is taking steps not only to strengthen security in and around forests, but also to reclaim the degraded patches through re-plantation drives. A move is also afoot to contain the damage caused to the sylvan wealth by forest fires. Besides, the state government's Green Odisha Mission seeks to increase forest cover. Addressing a gathering here today to mark the World Forestry Day, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik said the mission had been launched in 2013-14 subsuming all afforestation schemes with a target of planting 44.52 crore seedlings between 2013 and 2017.