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The Forest Department will create an electronic forest database

The state Forest Department plans to build an e-count program in six forest divisions of the state on a trial basis in an effort to compile a database of various types of trees and shrubs in the forest regions. Only six forest (territorial) divisions out of the total of 45, including the Forest Department’s wildlife arm, have been selected for this project using artificial intelligence (AI).

In association with the Forest Department and the Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali, a one-day workshop was held here today to raise awareness among field staff of the Nurpur forest division. The AI-based initiative for creating the e-count software in the divisions of Paonta Sahib, Ani, Palampur, Dehra, Nachan, and Nurpur has been funded by the state government. The department’s official sources said that species of trees and plants were being documented in addition to their volume.

The Forest Department would greatly benefit from the database’s recording of the value of forest riches as it develops its efforts to improve the afforestation process. Additionally, the department will be helped in getting rid of weeds like lantana by the database of wild shrub species that are cultivated in the woods.

The e-count software session was attended by field personnel from the Nurpur Forest Division, including forest guards, range officers, and block officers. They were provided comprehensive information about the program.

The participants received instruction on the use and advantages of the program from Vijay Guleria and Neha, e-count software specialists at ISB, Mohali, according to Nurpur Divisional Forest Officer Amit Sharma, who spoke with The Tribune. According to him, the software would be crucial in eliminating lantana weed from the woods and giving the Forest Department an evaluation of the worth of the forests.

Following the creation of the database, he said, the department would get images along with an accurate count, value, and volume of the various types of trees and bushes.

CAN ASSIST IN REGARDING WEEDS

The AI-based initiative for creating the e-count software in the divisions of Paonta Sahib, Ani, Palampur, Dehra, Nachan, and Nurpur has been funded by the state government.
The species and number of trees and plants are being noted.
The Forest Department would greatly benefit from the database’s recording of the value of forest riches as it develops its efforts to improve the afforestation process.
The database of naturally occurring shrub species found in forests will help eradicate weeds like lantana.

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