Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) says 300 hectares of woodlot have been allocated to Gombe State in seven out of the 11 local government areas of the state.
Mr. Richard James, Communication Officer of NEWMAP, said in Kaltungo, headquarters of Kaltungo Local Government Area when he visited one of the woodlot plantation sites.
NEWMAP is a World Bank-assisted project of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
James said that although 300 hectares of woodlot were earmarked for Gombe State, only 60 hectares were approved for Kaltungo, Yamaltu-Deba and Kwami Local Government Areas, the three pilot council areas.
He said that 20 hectares of woodlot would be developed in each of the three councils, adding that the project was executed under the “Degraded Land Rehabilitation’’ scheme of NEWMAP.
He said that the woodlot would prevent desert encroachment, while serving as windbreakers.
James also said that consultants had gone round and checked the sites for the tree plantations, with a view to begin the execution of the project.
He added that African indigenous trees and other trees with appreciable economic importance would be planted in the woodlot.
Ahmed Sanni, the head of Poshereng community in Kaltungo Local Government Area, one of the woodlot locations assured NEWMAP that the community would nurture the trees in the plantation to maturity.