On a peaceful February morning, five wild Nilgai, India’s largest antelope, browsed placidly inside the red sandstone fence of the Khejarli (Khejadli) Grove while Large Gray Babblers, their low contact notes holding the flock together, searched for termites in the shade of nearby Prosopis cineraria, khejri trees. And all the while, a caretaker, a man with a white turban and a splendid black moustache, explained the history and significance of this sacred shrine.
This article, published in Himalaya, examines the community forestry and private plantation practices of the Apatani people of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It then highlights conservation solutions unique to the Apatani. Learn about new approaches to forestry and ancient traditions of co-planting bamboo with blue pine.
The Fall 2008, Green Long March Newsletter of Future Generations/CHINA features: An Activity Update from 2008, Journal Entries from Chinese Youth Reflecting on their Experiences, and the 2008 Route Map.
On the seventh of May, 2006, we made our way up the short Midü Valley in Southeast Tibet, working through an old growth poplar stand, the thick trunks of many trees twisted and knobbed, and then clambering over rocks, some decorated with bright orange lichens, to reach the crest of a small terminal moraine at 3780m/12400ft elevation. Here we were totally surprised to find the snout of the local glacier only a kilometer or so to the south of us.
In July 2006, we had a splendid visit to the Siang Valley [also known as the Dihang Valley on some maps] in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India, traveling on the 17th from Pasighat to Yingkiong and then over to Shimong village. On the 18th we attended meetings in Shimong, and then returned to Pasighat on the 19th. When journeying on the true right bank of the Siang, we were on the easternmost slopes of the Himalayas and in a tropical biome, the slopes lush with vegetation.
On an August 2000 visit to Linzhi Prefecture in SE Tibet, we were surprised to see brownish monkeys at about 3350m/11000’ scrambling over rocky outcrops on the eastern side of the Nyang Chu Valley (also known as the Gyamda Valley) at a point some 40 km west northwest of Bayi. However, the troop, was too far away to allow a satisfactory identification of the species involved. Tibet is not often associated with monkeys. However, five species (possibly six) occur within the Tibet AutonomousRegion (TAR).
The Po Tsangpo River of Southeastern Tibet flows primarily from east to west to drain part of the snowcovered Kangri Garpo1 uplift, a mountain region northeast of the Himalayas that features many peaks rising to over 6000m/19685’ and one that tops out at 6956m/22820’. At the Po Tsangpo’s extreme western end, the river is joined by the Yigong [Yigrong] Chu and then turns south to pick up, at c.1980m/6500ft, the Rong Chu [recent Chinese spelling is Dongjiu] that drains the Lulang region and terrain west of the Po.
Gongga Shan, the highest peak in Sichuan at 7556 meters (24,790’), rises towards the extreme eastern edge of the Tibetan Uplift. The Hailuoguo National Geopark protects part of the fragile environment on the mountain’s eastern flank. A visitor to this park has an opportunity, on a leisurely threeday excursion from Chengdu and areas along the western edge of the Sichuan Basin, to see dramatic mountain scenery, traditional land use areas, interesting geological formations, and a splendid sampling of Sichuan temperate forests.