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A forest officer involved the villagers of the area around the forest in the conservation of 1272 hectares of badly degraded sal forest. In return for help in protecting the forest, the villagers were given employment in both silviculture and harvesting operations of the forest, 25 percent of the final produce, and were allowed to collect firewood and fodder from the forest area on a norminal payment. With the active and willing participation of local people living around the forest, the degraded sal forest of Arabari became thick and green with ten years. Thus the Arabari forests of West Bengal are known to be a good example of conserved forest.
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