Discarded waste damages ecology of the hills

Long considered by many as the best time of the year to visit this hill station, summer is also viewed as the worst from the environment and pollution point of view. The reason: Many among the tourists coming to ‘enjoy’ the season here leave behind their mark — in one form or the other — on the ecology of the place and their vehicles considerably increase air pollution while many of hawkers from the plains trading in a variety of items including cheap musical instruments, add to the noise pollution.

Sathyamangalam forest in Erode district has been declared a Tiger Reserve. It is the fourth such reserve in Tamil Nadu. The three other tiger reserves are at Mudumalai in the Nilgiris district, Anamalai in Coimbatore district and Kalakad-Mundanthurai in Tirunelveli district.

The Forest Department has received the Government Order declaring Sathyamangalam Forests as a tiger reserve, and the Union government has also notified it, Conservator of Forests, Erode circle, A. Venkatesh told The Hindu over the phone on Monday.

Most of the hotels in the region reported good occupancy during the Pongal holidays this year

With thousands of tourists thronging this holiday destination, thanks to the Pongal holidays, was celebrated with considerable enthusiasm notwithstanding the abnormally warm weather (that is, by local standards) during the day and the bitter chill experienced after dusk. Tourists including a good number of foreigners flocked to scenic spots while the local people made a beeline to various temples.

Stating in unequivocal terms that no forest conservation activity would be possible without community participation, over 19 organisations representing traditional forest dwellers and other aborigi

Invasive species are regarded as one of the largest threats to biodiversity but little is known about the invasion of exotic plants into the tropical forest. The per cent grass availability in gaur (Bos gaurus H. Smith, 1827) foraging areas in three different habitats namely dry deciduous forest, moist deciduous forest and thorn forest in relation to weed category areas viz., Lantana camara invasion areas, Chromolaena odorata invasion areas, 'both weeds invasion' and 'weed-free' areas were investigated in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve between November 2003 and April 2004.

The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Kerala and the adjacent Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu were reopened for tourists on Tuesday after a gap of four months.

Tiger sighted after it was thrown open on Tuesday

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) was thrown open to tourists on Tuesday. The ad hoc committee, constituted on the recommendations of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in accordance with a recent directive of the Supreme Court, had reviewed the situation at the reserve at a meeting held here a few days ago.

‘No time-frame fixed for re-opening MTR’

A special tourism plan is in the process of being put in place for the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here, according to Field Director, MTR, Raguram Singh. He told The Hindu that it would be in tune with the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the conditions laid down by the Apex Court while lifting the ban on tourism in the core areas.

“Tiger conservation measures will hamper development”

Opposition to the notification of the government on the demarcation of the core and buffer zones of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here was stepped up on Tuesday in the form of a fast at Gudalur, abutting the reserve. The fast was led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MLA from Gudalur M. Thiravidamani.

Certain section of population seeks relaxation of ban on tourism; specialists are against any dilution of the scheme

The government’s latest notifications on the demarcation of core and buffer zones of three tiger reserves in the State may still require a fine-tuning to strike a balance among ecology protection, tribal welfare and tourism promotion, feel conservationists and wildlife experts. As the demand for relaxation of the ban on tourism becomes shriller from certain section of the local population in the reserve areas, the specialists are against any dilution of the scheme spelt out in the notifications.

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