Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2017-01-21 13:41 Chikmagaluru: At least 42 rare varieties of nearly 40,000 trees have been felled by the forest department near Balehonnur in Chikmagalur district. The forest department has razed 40,000 trees to the ground reasoning it as 'thinning' in NR Pura, nestled in Western Ghats. Thinning allows to cut trees that are dry and disease-infected. In order to prevent other trees from being affected by the disease, the department - sometimes - considers carrying out thinning. It is learnt that forest officer Divya is supervising the thinning process, reports Public TV. In fact, thinning is not only being conducted in Chikmagalur district. But in Madikeri too, the department has felled rare varieties of trees. But the green crusaders are upset over the fact that the department has also felled huge teak trees - as part of thinning - to benefit a timber factory allegedly owned by a minister in Bengaluru.