Biodiversity Park inaugurated at SKUAST-K’s Faculty of Forestry

Srinagar: To conserve the threatened and rare plant species of J&K, a biodiversity park carrying more than 100 ecologically important plants was inaugurated on Thursday at SKUAST-K’s Faculty of Forestry Benihama, Ganderbal.
The park has been developed and maintained by the Division of Natural Resource Management (NRM) of the Faculty of Forestry under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of SKUAST-K. Director Planning & Monitoring and PI NAHEP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai inaugurated the biodiversity park.
Currently, the park is housing more than 100 species of different habits. Some of the ecologically important species in the park include Taxus contorta, Gingko biloba, Saussura costus, Betula utilis, Acer rubrum, Rhododendron spp., Juniperus spp., besides a variety of wild fruits, grasses/herbs and shrubs. These species include both indigenous and some exotic ones from temperate and subtropical regions. The biodiversity park is aimed at the conservation of some of the threatened species of the state, besides having a repository of plant species for education and learning of students and naturalists.
Prof NA Ganai while inaugurating the park congratulated the whole team of the faculty for their strenuous efforts to help converse and propagate these rare plant species at the park.

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