Handbook of Practical Forestry

Handbook of Practical Forestry
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Handbook of Practical Forestry

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PREFACE All the knowledge gained and technique evolved while working in field and laboratories will not yield the desired result if it is not understood and adopted by the field workers and common man. Practising forestry in past was a subject matter of those working in department of forestry. However, with the increase in environmental awareness and understanding the amount of return which a forest enterprise can yield, common people are also showing their interest in forestry. Thus more and more forest colleges and department are being opened in different universities and institutions. In India formal forestry education is still in infancy. Till today there is only one full-fledged university of forestry, which was established in 1985 at Solan, Himachal Pradesh. Other universities are now coming up with small departments of forestry and in some universities forestry has been given a status of college viz Gujarat, Imphal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. The increase in strength of departments and colleges imparting forestry education signifies a positive trend toward forest enterprise. However, the indigenous literature on forestry is still far from sufficient. Most of the literature available is either in form of research paper or edited books or of foreign authors. Efforts were made in past to provide literature in indigenised form by bringing out text books of silviculture, silviculture systems, mensuration and management. Since these were text books hence they confined themselves to the theoretical aspects of the forestry. Thus a need was felt that manuscript dealing with practical problems acquainted in forestry should be brought out. The manuscript has been divided into five chapters for the sake of convenience. Chapter 1 introduces the need of forest enterprise and way outs to tackle the problems. Chapter 2 covers different aspects of nursery right from selecting of site for nursery to study of germination parameters, conditioning of seedling and management of fertilizers application and insect-pest and diseases. Third chapter is devoted for raising and managing of plants. This includes matching site and species, lay out, soil working and finally after care of the plantation. Once the plant gets established the diversity of both plants and insect increases. Knowing the status of regeneration of principal species and other species is also important. Hence regeneration survey and vegetational survey have been covered in
chapter 4. Quality of wood is of prime importance, which is obtained by thinning the crops. Thus method of thinning and cost involved in raising forest crops have also been covered in this chapter. Insect-pest and diseases are part and parcel of forest. Control measures of these has also been suggested in chapter four. The sale and purchase of forest resource, particularly wood, cannot be thought of without measuring the amount of wood stored in forest area. Per cent profit and loss depends upon the accuracy of measurement. Hence chapter 5 is exclusively devoted for measuring diamention, age and volume of forest by means of different methods. The book covers the syllabus of the subjects like silviculture, mensuration, forest entomology, forest pathology and forest ecology, in one way or the other, which are being taught at U.G and P.G levels of forest colleges and ranger training s. The authors claims no originality in writing the book except for arranging and presentation of subject matter. We feel very much grateful to Dr. Jeffrey H. Gove, Research Forester, USDA who was kind enough to explain the method of PRS for volume determination. Er. N.S. Chauhan Assistant Professor, UBKV, Cooch Behar, W.B deserves special thanks for extending help as and when required for solving the numerical