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Ecological Restoration of Kharghar Valley Trail

Kharghar's own Miniforest

 LOCATION

Kharghar Valley Trail, Kharghar Driving Range, Near Golf Course , Road next to the Convent of Jesus & Mary High School & Jr. College, Opp to Navjivan Hospital, Sector 6, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai-410210.


INTRODUCTION

Kharghar Valley Trail is a hidden trail at the end of Kharghar Golf Course in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The place magically transforms during monsoon. The route leads to a narrow, winding roadway with emerald-green hills on either side. Not only is this a great stretch to walk while getting drenched, but is also a nature lover’s paradise.  It is an absolute delight to get away from the chaos of the city and find yourself in the heart of the hills. There are small rivulets of water gushing down from the hills which look like miniature waterfalls and the view of the city from the high points is breathtaking. On these hills monsoon is marked with emergence of wildflowers. They create a riot of colors in the bright green as they bloom and fruit profusely in the short monsoon season to complete their life cycles. These include a range of lilies such as Crinum lilies, Glory Lily, Hill turmeric, Pancratiums and more. Besides, this is also the time to see the wild vegetables such as wild yam, kantoli, cockscomb, pot cassia and other range of leafy vegetables; all these only grow in the wild and only during monsoon. 


As the season changes, the magic fades so is the greenery. The hills adorn a bare and brown look during summer. The hills also suffer from forest fires rampantly, denuding the hills with whatever little vegetation is left. The ragged hill slopes awaits for rains to paint them green once again.


PROBLEM STATEMENT

We have decided to adopt the 700 m nature trail for restoration. We have been using it for our nature trails and feel morally responsible on saving it before it’s gone . It will be a year long project for us wherein we wish to engage local communities to extend their support through volunteering. Monsoon is when this trail transforms itself and that’s when it faces highest damage through trampling. We are planning ecological, environmental and educational interventions starting from this month.

 

HOW YOU COULD HELP

This is a voluntary project of iNaturewatch Foundation and not a sponsored project. We therefore rely on citizens who could commit their time i.e one day/week. While the works largely include field work but a good amount desktop job will be also required. We need volunteers to commit one day in a week. 



Our Interventions

Six-month Project Activity Calendar

MAY 2019

  • Trail edging
  • Seed collection
  • Building Checkdams
  • Biodiversity Survey
  • Vegetation Mapping

JUNE

  • Biodiversity Survey
  • Soil enrichment
  •  Making sapling bags
  •  Contour Bunding
  • Vegetation Mapping
  • Installing Dustbins

JULY

  • Tourist Education
  • Biodiversity Survey
  • Revegetation
  • Repairs checkdams
  • Vegetation Mapping

AUGUST

  • Biodiversity Study
  • Tourist Education
  • Sapling collection
  • Vegetation Mapping

SEPTEMBER 

  • Biodiversity Study
  • Tourist Education
  • Vegetation Mapping
  • Perception Survey

OCTOBER

  • Biodiversity Study
  • Tourist Education
  • Vegetation Mapping
  • Perception Survey

              

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Ecological Restoration of Kharghar Trail

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