Forest watch towers-cum-forest view points were constructed at two separate locations along the way to Shurho peak by Kigwema village community. The construction of the watch towers and the view points were sponsored by Nagaland forest department.
During a routine inspection to Kigwema village by the staff of Kohima forest division on Wednesday, Kohima divisional forest officer Rongsenlemla Imchen appreciated the efforts of the community with regard to forest and wild life conservation and stressed on sustainability of the community conservation endeavour.
She stated that the main objectives of the watch towers are mainly for protection purpose and aesthetic utility. The department also thanked the Kigwema Biodiversity and Wildlife Management Committee, the village council, the youth organization, women organization and the churches for their collaborative responsibility in the community conservation effort.
Imchen informed that from both the watch towers one can get a glimpse of around 60 per cent of Kigwema community forest, including areas near Shurho Peak and Mt. Japfu, which is home to tallest rhododendrons and the very rare bird Blyth’s Tragopan. In addition, at least 15 villages are visible and perceptible from the towers.
On behalf of the local functionaries of the village, president of Kigwema Youth Organization Vibeilie Sale thanked the department for its initiative and also for creating environmental awareness in the village. He said the community would put in all its efforts to protect and preserve the environment.
Besides the Kohima DFO, the trekking-cum-inspection programme was attended by Kohima forest range staff, Kigwema Youth Organization and local functionaries.