The Guwahati High Court recently directed the Assam Forest Department to file a report within eight weeks on the demarcation of borders of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati
About Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary:
- The Amchang Wildlife sanctuary is located on the eastern fringe of Guwahati, Assam.
- It comprises three Reserve forests-Khanapara, Amchang, and South Amchang.
- It stretches from the Brahmaputra River in the north to the hilly forests of Meghalaya in the south, forming a continuous forest belt through Meghalaya's Maradakdola Reserve Forests.
- Flora: Khasi Hill Sal Forests, East Himalayan Mixed Deciduous Forest, Eastern Alluvial Secondary Semi-evergreen Forests and East Himalayan Sal Forests.
- Fauna: Flying fox, Slow loris, Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Hoolock gibbon, Porcupine. White-backed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture.
- Tree yellow butterflies (gancana harina) are found at the Amchang wildlife sanctuary which is indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and northeast India.
Q1) What are reserve forests?
These are the most restricted forests which are constituted by the State Government on any forest land or wasteland which is the property of the Government. In reserved forests