Thursday, 22 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun- The International Day of Forests was marked at various institutions with different activities on Wednesday. Governor Krishan Kant Paul planted a sapling of the Himalayan Cypress at Raj Bhawan. Concerted efforts are needed to maximise tree plantation to increase forest cover, he stressed. At the Forest Research Institute (FRI), an exhibition was held to demonstrate technologies developed by the institute. A forestry chaupal was also organised to facilitate sharing of forestry related information between the scientists and common people. Speaking on the occasion, FRI director Savita said that forestry chaupal is an open platform where farmers, students and other visitors may interact with forestry professionals. The Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC) organised a seminar on the occasion. Speaking at the seminar scientist Subhash Nautiyal informed the gathering about forest land conservation, protection of biodiversity, ecological services and other aspects. USERC director Durgesh Pant also expressed his views on the occasion.