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Monday, August 25, 2014

Chami Devi Murmu: Jharkhand’s ‘lady Tarzan’

Chami Devi Murmu, 42, is fondly called the ‘Lady Tarzan of Jharkhand’, not because she has befriended tigers in the Muturkham Chaura and Kadel Pahar jungles of Saraikela-Kharsawan district.
She is on a mission to protect the local wildlife by saving the forests that have been fast vanishing due to the havoc caused by the timber mafia and Naxal insurgency in the area.
A native of Barisai village in Jharkhand, it has taken Chami nearly 24 years to mobilise women from over 40 villages to plant sal, eucalyptus and Acacia trees, among others, to replenish the heavily depleted green cover. Chami’s eco-brigade of over 3,000 self-help group (SHG) women has planted more than a million trees and has also developed watersheds to help raise the ground water levels in the region.
“Trees are our lives. They fulfil our very real needs for firewood and food and so I thought why not I become the saviour of our lifesavers,” said a confident Chami, adding, “Our network of women is so strong that we immediately come to know where a tree is being chopped. Our organisation, the Sahyogi Mahila group, a cluster of various SHGs, now plants trees and also protects them.”
The Santhal woman said, “Jharkhand means ‘the land of forests’ and in our local language it also means ‘a piece of gold’. For me, our forests are gold and we need to preserve them.”
(Saadia Azim)

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Evergreen or deciduous?scroll over text
Evergreen trees keep leaves all year. They are good trees for privacy, wind breaks and hot areas. Plant them on the north side of your home.

Deciduous trees lose their leaves in fall or winter. They are good trees to plant on the south, east and west sides of your home to provide shade in the summer and warmth in the winter when the sun can shine through.

2. What size tree?
Different types of trees vary in their height and width. Based on the measurements in the areas where you would like trees, consider the following:

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Short and skinny trees: Grow up to 25 feet tall and about 20 feet wide. They are great for small areas or under overhead utility wires.

Medium and wide trees: Grow 25 to 45 feet tall and 40 feet wide. They provide shade for the entire roof area of a single-story house and walls and windows of a two-story home. They need lots of room.

Medium and skinny trees: Grow 25 to 45 feet tall and about 20 feet wide. They are great for areas near fences and smaller places.

Tall and wide trees: Grow higher than 45 feet tall and 40 feet wide. They provide the most shade for homes, driveways and other large, hot areas.

Tall and skinny trees: Grow higher than 45 feet tall and about 20 feet wide. They provide shade in areas that do not have a lot of room.

4. What else should you consider?
Trees can add more to your home than shade or a wind block. Consider trees for their:

Flowers: Flowers add color to the landscape and attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife.

Fall color: Red, orange, yellow and purple are all colors that add beauty in the fall.

Shape: Trees can be oval, pyramidal, round, spreading, vase-shaped or narrow; all add interest to your landscape.

Fruit: Many varieties of fruits can be grown in Southern California, providing food from the garden.

Drought tolerance: Native trees of Southern California and other low-water use trees, once established, need little or no extra water.

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Decide whether you have enough room to plant in the areas you have selected. Note that you must stay at least 10 to 15 feet away from the house foundation and at least 5 feet away from fences, patios and other surface structures.

Based on the location of the trees, look at the SelecTree website to find trees that are evergreen and deciduous and are the right height and width for your area. Remember, only short trees that reach a maximum of 25 feet tall can be planted under overhead utility lines.

Purchase the trees. 5-gallon, 15-gallon or 24-inch box trees are appropriate sizes to purchase and plant. Street trees must be at least 15-gallon size.

To purchase climate appropriate and low-water-use plants in California, you might start by consulting these sources:

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