Dec 13, Colombo: Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka successfully completed a trash cleanup project at Hora Kele Forest
Reservation in Ingiriya on December 7, 2013.
Situated along the Ingiriya-Meepe road, Hora Kele is a small
forest reserve but having a high density of the endangered native rainforest tree "Hora". Ten volunteers from
the association helped cleanup non-biodegradable plastic, glass and metal, thrown along the side of the forest
boundary up to several meters.
The local grama niladhari was informed of the project and assistance from
some villagers were requested to keep the area clean in the future.
During the project, the volunteers noticed several threats facing forest, especially evidence of illegal activity
such as poaching within the forest reserve. Several clearings of the undergrowth to create temporary paths by
poachers were evident.
Some locals informed about the traps setup to capture wild animals such as Mouse
Deer, Wild Boar and Porcupine. Rainforest Protectors would like to request the relevant authorities to take
immediate steps to prevent the illegal activities within the forest reserve to ensure it's flora and fauna
are protected for future generations.