Why restriction in camping at Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek a good call by Forest Department

In the behest of the malignantly growing trek-tourism and its adverse effects on local ecosystems, this decision could be exemplary in many ways given the fact that the forest officials feel the need.
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WANDER THE HIMALAYAS

SONY DSCThis winter season, Uttarakhand Forest Officials set out to protect the state wildlife by bringing in regulations. Trek like Har-Ki-Dun is closed for trekkers in Govind National Park for the Winter Season. The Forest Officials stated doing so to help the animals a peaceful transition time for migration and hibernation.

Just ahead of winter, the Forest Department has withdrawn permission to camp inside Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. Trekkers will no longer be allowed to camp at Rohini Bughyal and Bhrujgali meadows on the famous Deoriatal to Chandrashila Trek. Although taking the 14 km forest trail from Deoriatal to Chopta is permitted.

The rationale behind withdrawing camping permissions

The prime motive of this move is linked with the conservation of the endangered white-bellied musk deer. This solitary animal resides in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and is poached indiscriminately for its musk pod. A musk pod is found in…

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