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With help from students, tree census begins in Chennai
CHENNAI: In a bid to obtain data on diverse plant species in the city, the forest department’s urban forestry division on Friday launched the first phase of the tree census in institutional campuses. The second phase will cover avenue trees and those in public parks and private gardens.
Student volunteers of 23 educational institutions, including Loyola College, Presidency College and Pachaiyappa’s College, Queen Mary’s College and Stella Mary’s College for women, 200 ‘green force’ volunteers and NGOs will be involved in the project. The volunteers will be provided with census survey forms. At the end, the completed forms with a summary for each institution/ward will be compiled to develop a database . The data will be superimposed on a GIS maps for future planning of afforestation.