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IE: Woman behind Valley of Flowers

Forest officer Jyotsna worked tirelessly to put Chamoli on UNESCO radar

S.M.A.KAZMI, Indian Express
Sunday, July 17, 2005

DEHRA DUN, JULY 16: The World Heritage Site (WHS) status for the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli has come after years of hard work by the forest officials.

The valley was discovered in the 1930s by an Englishman but it was a woman Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer from the North-east, Jyotsna Sitling, who rescued it. First, she worked tirelessly with the locals to clear the 87-tonne garbage from the buffer zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere near the valley. This led to regeneration of some flowers which were considered extinct. [more]

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