For hundred of years Rakhs forest formed one of the most remarkable landscapes of Punjab. There wood was main source of firewood, fodder, and food for the population. They also provided stability to the fragile eco-system supporting wildlife.
Extension of the irrigation system, introduction of fast growing species and increasing trend towards water logging led to the disappearance of the original vegetation. Only 2% are now surviving. Hundred of trees ranging over hundreds of years are still surviving and regenerating inside the Harappa museum, protected by WWF and Punjab government. (Source Harappa Museum)