Olive forest in Zhob Balochistan

The Living Fossils of Olive Forest in Suleiman Mountainous Region of Pakistan – A Wildfire Engulfed our Precious Flora

It is an olive tree, centuries-old, witnessing a long history. Maybe millions of people, animals, and small creatures have lived and survived on it. Such trees act as mountains of Carbon. We should save such treasure of humanity. ♥️ I call such trees the living fossils.

Wildfire (May 2022) engulfed our living fossils

The wildfire engulfed our precious trees in the Suleiman mountainous region. The fire continued for more than 2 weeks but the administration of the region, province, and the country was helpless. The locals with the help of activists and volunteers of the region somehow managed to cease the spread of the fire to other regions. The federal government of Pakistan requested the Iranian government to help, a fire extinguisher airplane was sent and the fire was extinguished after 2 days of work. The region is home to the world’s unique and precious Chalghoza trees, sustaining the livelihood of the people living in the forest areas. I would suggest giving training to the local people in fire extinguishing and awarding them the importance of such precious trees of the forest. Not only Chalghoza but other native flora, especially Olive, Pine, and others are predominantly found in the forests.

Some pictures of the ancient Olive trees

The pictures in the gallery were shared by Hayat Mulgari, a native inhabitant, and nature activist in the region. He has emphasized and appealed to the world to help the local people in the conservation of such a precious natural treasure.

Links for the wildfire news and images

The fire started on May 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan, which shares a border with Balochistan, and the blaze moved towards Sheerani district on May 13. The fire has consumed hundreds of trees dotting the Koh-e-Sulaiman — a mountain range connecting the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — and forced residents of nearby villages to move to safer locations. The images are taken from different media reports.

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