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Assam's bid to save lone rain forest

 GUWAHATI, March 15 (PTI) - In a bid to preserve Assam's lone rain forest area, the government, in association with environmentalists, NGOs and media, has launched an ambitious plan to make Jeypore reserve forest an eco-tourism hub.

The Jeypore reserve forest and Dilli reserve forest combine to be the only rain forest area in the State spread across the three upper Assam's districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar comprising a total area of 575 sq km.

The forest is listed to be the last lowland forests under the Assam valley wet evergreen forest area in the region.

"As a part of a determined effort to preserve the unique rain forest area, the government has planned to involve the media, environmentalists and the NGOs to hold the rain forest music festival to make the area an eco-tourism hub", Kushal Deka, Jeypore range forest officer, told PTI.

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