2011

Vasundhara Sanman

Shyamkant Prabhakar Dixit

Born in 1933, Mr. Dixit has served in the Forest Dept. of Govt. of Maharashtra (starting as a RFO) since 1958. His biggest career achievement is Dnyaneshwar Garden, which contains all the plants mentioned in various ancient religious books. Through his efforts, a flower-clock could be created in Pal district. The flowers making up the clock bloom at different times of the day. He founded ‘Friends of Trees’ in Nashik and has been arranging tree-plantation drives for the last 20 years. This institute has distributed thousands of saplings to the residents of Nashik, educating them about the care and cultivation of plants.

Vasundhara Mitra

Kusum Dahiwelkar

She worked as assistant plantation officer in the forest Dept. between 1986 and 2011. She willingly stepped out of the traditional thought-lines of a govt. servant, cultivating and planting a variety of trees. She has, so far, helped in planting more than a crore of trees. After retirement she started a nursery as a hobby thus providing various types of plants to the residents of Nashik. In her nursery one can get a glimpse of rare plants from Trimbakeshwar and Harsul Peth.

Kiran Rahalkar

Kiran has participated in many nature-related initiatives in Nashik. He is particularly interested in studying tigers and other big cats. He has studied the tigers of Kanha National Reserve and has contributed significantly in creating the ‘Checklist of birds of Nashik’. He is currently associated with ‘Wildlife Conservation’ and represents Nashik on ‘Kids For Tigers’. He has especially researched about ‘Life-cycle of parasites in carnivorous mammals’ of Kahna and Bandhavgad reserved forests through ‘Corbett and IISER’, Pune.

Sankraman Janashakti Manch

Sankraman is a relatively new organization, formed by young entrepreneurs of Nashik. It makes people aware of using the laws and regulations related to environment in a more effective way. The institute tries to conserve ecosystem by preventing unauthorized cutting of trees for road- and building construction. It also helps replanting of trees that have been cleared for various reasons.

Manik Mahadu Kasar

Manik Kasar is a progressive farmer, successfully reaping organically grown crops thus doing his bit to stall the environmental damage caused by overuse of chemicals in agriculture. For the last 12 years he is constantly spreading the concept of organic farming through radio, newspapers and seminars. He has been awarded ‘Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi-Ratna’ and ‘farmer of the year – 2009-10’.