The Ashanti Regional manager for Ghana Forest Commission, Mr William Baah has said the commission aims at planting 3,w500 hectors of trees in the Ashanti Region this year.
The approach is geared towards the commission’s mission of “sustainable develop and manage Ghana’s forest and wildlife processes”.
The Ashanti Regional manager hinted in an exclusive interview with this paper that, the establishment of the tress which is in connection with the Ghana Forest Plantation Strategy [FPS] will assist to maintain and protect the 61 forest reserves and maintain the 2,738Kg external boundaries of the reserves of the Region.
He said last year  in retrospect, the commission cleaned 2,464 boundaries, representing 81%.
The commission rehabilitated also 3,900 hectors of trees as against their target of 3,000
He declared that illegal logging and bushfires on the other hand went down on the basis of the measures the commission outlined. [The introduction of the fully armed rapid response team, forest guards undergoing military training, introduction of informants, public sensitization]
He confirmed that under the FPS, the nation is supposed to cultivate 50,000 trees across the entire country. “This is a shared responsibility between government and the private sector in order to protect vegetation and wildlife”.
Mr Baah revealed that protection of the forest reserve will help to increase cocoa and food production in Ghana.
He said its preservation will help to upkeep the various water bodies since most take their source from the forests.
He entreated all Ghanaians to report to authorities on issues of illegal logging.
“The environment is for all of us so if it gets depleted, we all suffer”, he warned.
By: Joe Marfo