Over 15,000 mahogany seedlings have been handed to management of the Mole National Park by the Forestry Commission, to help improve the area’s vegetative cover.
The gesture by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Nyadia Sule Nelson, is part of the Green Ghana Day Project meant to restore lost vegetative cover in parts of the park.
The Green Ghana Day will be launched on June 11, 2021, with the launch ceremony expected to be done by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Presenting the seedlings to management of the park, Mr. Sule Nyadia expressed worry about the incessant destruction of the forest reserve – which goes a long way to affect climate change and the tourist site. He is certain that the project will help improve agriculture and related activities in the country.
The boundaries of Mole National Park, which comprise of 300 kilometres, are expected to initially accommodate the 15,000 mahogany seedlings; planting about 166 seedlings per kilometre across 90 kilometres of the park.
“Cutting down one tree presents an opportunity for us to plant five to increase the stock of natural resources in order to have lots of the resource for a longer time. We are the current generation and we have to leave much better natural resources for the next generation than what we met. So, everyone in the Savannah Region should get involved,” Mr. Sule Nyadia advised.
He explained that global warming has become a challenge in today’s world, as countries are devising mechanisms to curtail the phenomenon’s negative impacts. He called on the public to join the Forestry Commission in planting more trees across the country to save the planet for a better future.
Mr. Nyadia Nelson Sule backs actions by chiefs and people of the Gonja state to stop illegal logging and commercial charcoal production in the region, calling on all to support the traditional leaders to end the menace.
The Park Manager, Mahama Ali, expressed gratitude to the Forestry Commission authorities for giving the park fifteen thousand mahogany seedlings (15,000) to plant across its boundaries.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Forestry Commission, Nana Afia Antwiwaa Akomeah, advised that the planting should be done when the rains are in good shape to help increase the plants’ survival rate.
Mr. Nyadia Sule Nelson was accompanied by the Deputy Director for the Northern Zone, Dr. Ebenezer Djablitey, and the team embarked on a tour of the zone.
Felling wood products for fuel, housing and construction has placed enormous pressure and some negative impacts on the Savannah Region, as the area is a key zone for the menace. The Savannah Region targets planting about 250,000 trees to help restore the degrading forest.