LAKKI MARWAT: The Wildlife Department Bannu division on Saturday planted 1,500 saplings in the wildlife park situated beside the crane conservation centre on Indus Highway.

DFO Abdul Haleem kicked off the tree plantation activity wherein students of public sector schools assisted the staffers of wildlife department. Students took keen interest in the activity and they planted and watered saplings in the park.

On the occasion, DFO Abdul Haleem briefed the students about the process of planting saplings and appreciated their interest and enthusiasm in the activity. Highlighting the importance of forests and wildlife in the socio-economic development of the country, he asked the students to grow more and more trees and play their effective role in increasing timberlands.

"Trees provide natural habitat for wildlife besides forests fulfil the basic needs of wildlife including food, cover, water and space," he maintained. He told that the department was taking practical steps for the beautification of wildlife park and to make it an attractive excursion place for visitors.

"The plantation will add to the beauty of park besides the animals and birds will have good habitat conditions in it," he added.–Staff Reporter