Mar 17, 2021

Equipment support for fire-fighting in Bandipur

Fire-fighting equipment
Fire-fighting equipment

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Equip forest guard to protect wildlife in India”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

In 2019, more than 11,000 acres of forest land of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka was gutted due to forest fires resulting in a heavy loss to wildlife and its habitat. Following this devastating incident, the Forest Department took several precautionary measures last year, and prevented any wildfire instances in the region. This year again, with the summer season approaching, the department has taken all measures to prevent forest fire instances and have created 2,828 km long fire lines within the Tiger Reserve. In addition, 50-meter-wide fire lines are being created on both sides of the national highway that passes through the reserve. Besides, the department has appointed 445 watchers, on a temporary basis to keep a check on any such incident.

With your support, WTI in the reporting period provided essential equipment and utilities (field gear and cooking utensils) to 60 temporary fire fighters of Kundhere range, in Bandipur Tiger Reserve for their day-to-day sustenance, while they are on a constant vigilance to perform their fire-fighting duties. We also supported other ranges of the Tiger Reserve with first aid kits and fire-dousing equipment.

With the cumulative efforts of the forest department, the fire-watchers and our support; we are hopeful that a major calamity in the face of a forest fire will be averted this year as well. Your contribution here is of great significance and we are very thankful to you for the same.

We will be soon back with similar updates on the project.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Mar 17, 2021

Equipment support to Plachery Forest Dept.- Update

Dear Friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Help rescue wild animals and birds in India”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

In July, the Plachery Forest Department in Kerala, approached WTI for equipment support to handle the increasing number of wildlife displacement cases during the monsoon season.

The Forest Department was facing a shortage of equipment and field gear necessary to conduct rescue operations. Through a Rapid Action Project (RAP), we provided the Forest Department with the following equipment- a trapping cage, a large rope, a net for lifting animals accidently trapped in wells, 3 catchpoles, 3 snake rescue kits, 3 flashlights, 5 headlamps, 5 pairs of safety shoes, raincoats, veterinary medicines as well as food supplements for the rescued animals. The equipment and tools were basically provided for responding to rescue calls of smaller mammals and reptiles.

With this support, the Plachery FD has conducted 73 rescues in the reporting period. The species handled by the department include – Pythons, common palm civets, jungle cats, Brahamani kites, golden jackals, trinket snakes, common macaques, cobras, Indian rat snakes, wild boar, sand boas, barn owls, porcupines, and an Indian Jackal.

Timely interventions in these cases saved the lives of so many wild animals. All this was made possible because of your support, for which we are very grateful. We will soon get back to you with more updates on this.

Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI

Feb 26, 2021

Mitigating forest fires in the Western Ghats

Dear Patron,

Hope you have been well!

In today’s updates, we present to you our work in mitigating forest fires in the Western Ghats landscape, a critical elephant habitat.

There has been a substantial increase in forest fire incidents in the southern states of India, since 2019. The trend has been observed not just in our country, but in other parts of the globe as well – such as the raging forest fires across Australia and Amazon rainforests. These devastating occurrences have prompted the Forest Department in India to take preventive measures to mitigate this threat. Further, the death of forest watchers every year while trying to douse these fires is another extreme that calls for a proper management system to be established.

To support the forest department with appropriate management measures, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), through Rapid Action Projects (RAPs), provided fire prevention equipment to several Protected Areas in the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka. In 2019, high summer temperatures along with high wind speed resulted in a massive fire outbreak that destroyed more than 60 hectares of forest cover in less than 3 days! To prevent a similar disaster this summer, fire-fighting equipment using innovative operational mechanisms were distributed across the region. WTI provided Leaf Blowers, modified water sprayers and drones to the Forest Department.

The department in now equipped and more than ready to prevent the spread of small scale fires (in the initial stages) that turn into massive disasters if left unchecked. They have been catching small fires with the help of real-time monitoring through drones. Also, they can now access remote locations through fabricated jeeps and tractors with water sprayers to douse the fire on time. Further, the rapid fire-dousing mechanism of leaf blowers has proved highly efficient in preventing large scale damage to this elephant heaven.

That’s all for this time. We will get back to you with similar updates soon. Till then, take very good care of yourself!

Warm regards,

Team WTI

 
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