Karnataka State Forest Department, Mangalore celebrated “Vrukshotsava 2019” on 24th September, 2019. On this occasion Prof. Dr. Smitha Hegde of NUCSER was conferred “Aranya Mitra” an award for her efforts towards conserving biodiversity and greening of environment and her work on tree cover of Mangalore city and documenting pteridophyte biodiversity in Kudremukh National Park. Mr. Prakash Netalkar, Conservator of Forests, Mangalore; Dr. Karikalan V, Dy. Conservator of Forests, Mangalore, Ministry of Environment & Forests India, GoK State Forests; Mangalore City South MLA Sri. Vedavyasa Kamath and Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener of the Ramakrishna Mission's Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan handed over the Award at a ceremony conducted at Town Hall on 24th September, 2019. Nearly 1000 citizens and students of Mangalore city attended the function.