TULASI GOWADA: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FOREST
Context: Tulasi Gowda, at the age of 72, earned India’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri this year for her tremendous work.
Due to her impeccable knowledge about the environment, she is known as ‘Encyclopedia of Forest’. KEY INFORMATION
Tulsi Gowda is an Indian environmentalist from Honnali village, Ankola taluk in Karnataka state.
In the past 60 years, she was involved in environmental issues and planted thousands of trees to nurture natural life. She planted a record of 40,000 trees and have been taking care of it.
She had been doing this despite the fact that her only source of livelihood is her pension. Due to her active role in the reforestation process, the forest department regularised her service and she had been working for 14 days.
She has knowledge of the species of each sapling she has planted, the benefits of each plant and the quantum of water required to grow them. Her knowledge of plants is no less than any botanist. She is leaving no stone unturned to create awareness among people about the conservation of forests. The saplings she had planted while working in the department in Ankola, Yellapur and Sirsi taluks have become huge trees now.
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