Forest Nurseries

An area upon which young seedlings of trees are raised for forest planting. The supply of healthy planting is prerequisite for successful launching of tree plantation campaign. Raising of stumps seedling plants result in increase of tree cover in the province and also share in GDP. It also helps in economic and social uplift of the economy. It also generate employment during raising of nursery beside providing other tangible and intangible assets through planting of trees which result in carbon sequestration, increase oxygen omission, beside conserving indigenous flora and fauna through provision of ecological stable habitat. The Forest Department raised planting stock in potted and bed nursery for planting in state land and providing to Pakistan Army, other Govt. Department and private peoples. Resultantly the vegetation cover has increased in the province. The national targets for increasing in forest cover under Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2005-06 to 2015 was from 5.0% to 6.0% in Pakistan. In case of goal 7 there was no target assigned to Punjab Forest Department. However, the department through Land Set Image 2012-13 calculated the area under tree cover (Forest + Farm Land) through GIS Laboratory, which comes to 6.85% of the total land area of the province. Thus the provincial area under the tree cover meets the national targets of 6%.