Into the heart of old, stately trees ...

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raghu ananth

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Jul 3, 2010, 8:29:06 AM7/3/10
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The canopy walk at Talakona, a fast developing community based eco tourism is considered as the 2nd largest in Asia. (240 meters long, 80 feet high). However, what is distressing is that the walkway has been engineered with the help of steel ropes, iron nails, screws et al, plunged right into the heart of old, stately trees. And with 3000 visitors pounding the canopy walk  on weekends , we wonder if the trees already with deep wounds can survive in the coming years.

 

Some of the affected trees include the endemics- Shorea Talura, Syzygium cumini, Mangifera Indica ...

 

 

 

Talakona, forest, foot hills, Eastern ghats, Andhra Pradesh

27 Mar 2010

 

 

Regards

Raghu

 


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tanay bose

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Jul 3, 2010, 8:58:38 AM7/3/10
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Nice innovation to get a bird's eye view.
Tanay

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promila chaturvedi

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Jul 3, 2010, 9:11:17 AM7/3/10
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these inpvation are killing our trees. and destroying the environment
Promila

Alpa Sheth

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Jul 3, 2010, 10:45:22 AM7/3/10
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Dear All:

Thanks for Raghu for sharing your pcitures
While this is not exactly a canopy walk from India I  am including pictures from the Kew gardens I visited last summer to show how beautifully a canopy walk can be made without harming the trees. It is expensive but not intrusive  and frankly I don't think it is so very necessary. But still if we insist on having them then let's do it right.

Regards,
Alpa`

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Jul 3, 2010, 10:42:23 PM7/3/10
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Dear All,

Thanks for sharing information on "How not do and how to do the eco-
tourism". At many places, the natural intrinsic value of the place/
biological entity is harmed in the name of "Eco tourism". Should we
have a system of "AUDIT" or evaluation of eco-tourism practiced in
India?

With best wishes to all.

Bharat Pathak
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