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Large-scale felling of trees by timber mafias in connivance with forest officials continues in Bhadarwah

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BHADERWAH:  Illegal large-scale felling of trees in Bhadarwah tehsil of Jammu & Kashmir continues in connivance with forest officials.  Famous for its snow peaks and lush green forests Jammu and Kashmir gets most of it's revenue from forest wealth. Located at a height of 6,500 feet, the Bhaderwah region of Doda is a picturesque valley, with thick coniferous forests on all sides but illegal deforestation by timber mafia is depleting the forest cover.  The illegal felling of green Deodar and pine trees despite Supreme Court ban is fast depriving Jammu and Kashmir of its precious forest wealth. Green trees worth millions have been illegally chopped off in compartments no. 18, 19 and from compartment no. 45 to 66 in the block Puneja, Dugga and Dandi in Neeru Range of Bhadarwah Forest Division.