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Soragune Forest Conservation

20 May

Soragune is located in the Baddulla district of the Uva province. It lays to the south of Haldummulla and is drained by the Weli Oya and its branches. The Weli Oya joins the Walawe Ganga further south, as it flows into the Walawe National Park. It is an area of forest and savannah noted for its elephants. However, there are a number of other notable species, including wild cats, deer, fishing cats, otters, and deer, among a range of flora, such as savannah grasslands and riverine forests.

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Tree Planting after the Tsunami

20 May

The Tsunami which hit in 2004 devastated the coastal areas and the vegetation protecting the land. It was found that in areas where there was coastal vegetation, the tsunami caused less damage, than where there was not. Ruk Rakaganno collaborated with schools to replant trees and shrubs such as Pandanus, Spinifex, and Barringtonia in the South and South East coastal areas.

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The Dambulla Arboretum

20 May

The Dambulla Arboretum was established in 1963 by Mr. Sam Popham on 7.5 acres of degraded chena land in he Dambulla area, the dry heartland of Sri Lanka. Mr.Popham helped local indigenous trees to survive by getting rid of the invasives and established this Arboretum of indigenous Dry Zone trees. He gifted the Arboretum to the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS) in 1989 before he left Sri Lanka for the UK. The IFS called for managers in 2005 and Ruk Rakaganno took over the management of the Arboretum.

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