FOREST CONSERVATION AND PLANNING FOR SAGRESHWAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY USING GEOSPATIAL TECHNIQUES
Publication Date : 02/04/2016
Forests are vital natural resources, and they play a very crucial role for life existence of human on earth. However, forest conservation must be our first priority in order to maintain and sustain life on the earth. The present study aims to assess the vegetation condition for forest conservation and planning for sagreshwar wildlife sanctuary by using geospatial techniques. The study area is about 10.87 sq.km and lies between 17 ͦ 6’ 56.36’’ to 17 ͦ 09’ 41.19’’ north latitude and 74 ͦ 20’ 05.73’’ to 74 ͦ 24’ 19.59’’ East longitude. Sagreshwar wildlife sanctuary is located at the trijunction of three tahsils and those are Kadegaon, Walwa and Palus tahsils of Sangli District. NDVI, TNDVI, and Vegetation Index are developed to assess vegetation conditions and to carry out comparative analysis. The thematic layers generated through GIS like slope, soil, vegetation index; land use/ land cover are being used for overlay analysis to identify degraded areas of forest. Vegetation Indices and LULC analysis show that most of the forest of this part is open forest, and dense forest areas of Sagareshwar accounts for only 8.86 percent (247.8 acres). Degraded forest areas have been identified with the weighted overlay technique of GIS. It shows that 11.12 percent of the area which is highly degraded and it requires immediate action for forest conservation.
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