The issue of non-native species of flora has reached the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court which has issued an order to the National Board of Wildlife to look into the matters and issue and pass appropriate orders.
The issue before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court was relating to the removal of 20,000 hectares of non-indigenous trees in the Western Ghats. The invasive species include eucalyptus, wattle, pine and cypress trees as well Latana Camara plants. These non-indigenous plants are destroying the space for the indigenous plants. These plants were planted by the Britishers and are still spreading in the region. Many weeds like scotch broom(Cytisus Scoparius) are also present in the Ghats.
The non-indigenous plants have the adverse effect on the animals found in the region. The scotch broom and gorse, all of which are non-indigenous to the Western Ghats, have spread in the considerable area of Western Ghats. The Nilgiri tahr’s naturally grazing area has also been covered by these plants. The tahr are now compelled to eat these which may have an adverse effect on them. The same issue is with tigers of the Madumalai Tiger Reserve, which has been invaded by the Latana Camara and parthenium. Because of which there has been a shortfall of fodder for the herbivores within the reserve.
Hence the court has ordered the National Board of Wildlife to look into the impact of these non-indigenous plants and do the necessary to safeguard the natural habitat and indigenous plants.
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