Thousands of residents from nine villages in the Shahpur forest division are reaping the fruits of their hard work and dedication of over a decade in restoring greenery on 5,000 hectares of barren land. “The forest cover on the 5,000 hectares was virtually wiped out by people to fulfil the need for firewood,” says Mangal Ganju Bhakre, a resident of village Bhagdal. “After the trees were gone, we suffered a lot. But today, after protecting the forest for over a decade, we have started getting the benefits.”  Residents had even dug out tree stumps and their roots for firewood. “The area had become barren, severely affecting rainfall and agriculture,” said range forest officer (RFO), Shahpur, Dinesh Singh. Read more at http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1216331