A petition seeking directions to revive the glory of sandalwood production in the State came up for hearing in the High Court on Wednesday.

The petitioner, C H Basappanavar, a former chief conservator of forest in his PIL has sought directions to create special sandalwood production divisions in each of the districts to regain the lost glory of the State.

K.S. Sudhi

KOCHI: The number of sandalwood trees has gone up in the Marayur sandalwood division.

The latest estimate is that the division has 58,514 trees, 747 more than the 57,767 three years ago, according to forest officials.

S Praveen Dhaneshkar, Bangalore,DH News Service:

Hidden from the public glare, the City-based Army Service Corps (ASC) Centre and College (South) has set an example in eco-preservation by converting its sprawling 720 acre campus on HAL airport road into a home for as many as 5,000 sandalwood trees, a variety of birds and floral plants.

Sreenivas Janyala Posted: Friday , Jun 05, 2009 at 0134 hrs IST

'Sandalwood is a tree that values more than gold. It should not become another vanilla,' opined District Horticulture Department Deputy Director B N Prasad.

He was speaking after inaugurating

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The gang, in association with other gangs, cut sandalwood trees from the Kallapuram forest area in Udumalpet and smuggled them to Kerala }
THE police arrested two sandalwood smugglers and seized 730 kg of sandalwood worth Rs 11 lakh, besides a van costing Rs 5 lakh in the wee hours of Tuesday.

R. Rajaram

TIRUCHI: The State Government has formulated rules under the Tamil Nadu Forest Act, 1882 to encourage private owners grow more sandal trees in their lands besides laying down the procedures to be followed for felling and disposal of such trees to the government.

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THE two-and-a-half acre sandalwood godown at Tirupattur, considered to be the biggest in Asia and maintained by the Tirupattur Forest Division, will install hightech surveillance system to protect its 600 tonne stock of sandalwood and red sanders, wor th crores of rupees.

Dec. 18: In a glaring breach of security at a defence establishment, five sandalwood poachers armed with lethal weapons entered the Air Force Technical College campus in Jalahalli on Wednesday night.