Forest Division: PURULIA DIVISION

 

ACTIVITIES

 

(a) Forest Protection  -  Actively done by Beat and Range level staff and officers located at different areas by means of patrolling in the forest, collecting information from local Forest Protection Committees. Member of Forest Protection Committee take part in patrolling as well. During 2008-09 4 Nos. of cases were sent to Court with 5 Nos. of arrested persons. Recently, authorized officer and DFO, Purulia passed Order for confiscation of 2 Nos. of vehicle illegally involved in transportation of forest produce.
   
(b) Plantation  -  Carried out in degraded forest land and in areas which are systematically
felled to harvest forest produce from previous plantations. A detail list of such plantation during
this year is attached herewith along with area planted during last 5 years under this Division.

                                                  2004-05              -            514 Ha.
                                                  2005-06              -            375 Ha.
                                                  2006-07              -            451 Ha.
                                                  2007-08              -            745 Ha.
                                                  2008-09              -            843 Ha.

 

(c) Silvicultural Operation  -  To rejuvenate Sal forest different silvicultural operation is being  
         carried  out like multiple shoot cutting, coppicing in degraded areas.

(d) Soil Moisture Conservation Work - Major objectives are -  

           (i)     To harvest run off water.

          (ii)     To increase moisture regime in forest area.

         (iii)     To facilitate ground water recharge.

         (iv)     To help local population to utilize ground water for different activities like agriculture,
                    pisciculture etc.

          (v)      To prevent soil erosion.

            This is done by means of different construction activities, namely –

                                           Contour trench.
                                           Boundary trench.
                                           Earthen Dam.
                                           Rock Check Dam.
                                           Vegetative Check Dam.
                                           Re-digging of old Earthen Dam.
                                           Gully plugging.
                                           Water harvesting structures.
                                           Fish scale trench.

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Rock Check Dam  at Khatanga Mouza  ( NREGA)    Earthen Dam at Pogro Mouza ( RKVY work)
                      Kotshila Block                                                       Kotshila Block

(e) Joint Forest Management  -  To ensure people’s participation in Forest Management, this Division actively tries to involve local people in every steps of forestry activities from Plan preparation to execute the work resulting to -
  

                  Towards a step to Joint Forest Management, formation of Forest Protection Committee was top priority in this Division since 90’s. As a result, total number 211 Forest Protection Committees has been formed.


Range

No. of F.P.C.

Total member

Ajodhya

21

1041

Arsha

32

3156

Bagmundi

24

1874

Balaramapur

30

4651

Jhalda

33

3543

Joypur

21

2508

Kotshila

19

2478

Matha

32

2170

            29833.15 Ha. of forest land is being looked after by these FPCs.

 

         

(f) Entry Point Activities  -   To facilitate and encourage villagers participation in forest
           conservation and protection, this Division takes different entry point activities in FPC
           villages, namely -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Paddy Thresher Machine for Distribution          Material are being distributed to FPC members
        ( Support activities –Jhalda Block)                         ( Support activities –Jhalda Block)

(g) Alternate employment generation for Forest Protection Committees through training and imput -  Vocational trainings are arranged every year to provide self-employment to FPC members. Following trainings are some of them –

 

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Distribution of Lac seeds to FPC members                    Training for “Dhup”making to Women      
    Murguma Beat, Kotshila Range                              members of FPC ( Ajodhya Range)

 

(h)   Production and distribution of seedling  -  This Division also undertakes the activity of raising quality planting material for distribution to general public and institution in order to encourage people for plantation in their own land with a overall target increase greenery in the area. For this purpose, following nurseries are functioning round the year.

Location

Type of nursery

Capacity

Balarampur

Central Nursery

25,000/year

Kotshila

Central Nursery

20,000/year

Jhalda

Central Nursery

10,000/year

Arsha

Modern Nursery

25,000/year

Matha

Bamboo Central Nursery

20,000/year

 

 

 

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              Balarampur  Central Nursery                         Bamboo nursery at Matha Range

 

(i)   Mitigation of Man-Animal Conflict :

       This division is facing problem with Elephant depredation every year. The worst affected areas are-

Block Jhalda-I-Jhalda Range           -      Ghosra, Kalmadi, Hesla, Kanakpur, Garakushi, Pusti, Kushi,
                                                              Vashudi, Chhotobakad (mostly Southern part of Jhalda-I
                                                              Block).

Block Bagmundi-Bagmundi Range  -   Peretorang, Pirorgoria, Rangamati, Kalimati, Suisa, Gagi.

Jhalda-II Block-Kotshila Range       -      Simni, Jhabar, Haratan, Tahadri, Taherbera, Jarahatu.

                                             Human Death  :   From April, 2008.    

                                                     Joypur Range          -     7
                                                     Jhalda Range           -     3
                                                     Bagmundi Range   -     1
                                                     Total                     :    11 Cases

                                                          Compensation Paid

                            Range                                    Amount                        No. of Case
               
                           Jhalda                                         11.88                                877
                           Bagmundi                                     7.74                              1154
                           Kotshila                                        1.96                                184
Steps taken –

 

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Compensation is being paid for death cases               Measurement of foot of elephant is being taken
                 Joypur Range
 (j)   Wild Life Rescue Operation -  In recent past wild life rescue operation has also become a regular activity of this Division. Following lists shows such activities during last year.

Date

Animal rescued

Place of rescue

Post rescue action

27.06.2008

Adult spotted deer

Mohanpur of Kotshila Range

Released back to Haratan forest of Kotshila

20.11.2008

Elephant calf

Peretorang of Bagmundi Range

Sent back to mother elephant herd

12.01.2009

Small Indian Civet

Hussaindih of Jhalda Range

Released back to Mahadevpur forest of Jhalda Range

28.01.2009

Jungle Cat

Darda of Jhalda Range

Released back to Mahadevpur forest of Jhalda Range

04.03.2009

Spotted deer fawn

Kantadih of Arsha Range

Released back to Lahadungri forest area of Ajodhya Range.

08.03.2009

Adult barking deer

Saldih of Balarampur Range

Handed over to Surulia Rescue Centre of Kangsabati (North) Division.

 

(k)   Government Revenue Generation  :    This Division holds regular auction of forest produce obtained from seizure, departmental felling of plantation and Sal coppice areas. During 2008-09 auction resulted into generation of Government revenue at the tune of Rs. 3879273/-.

 

CONTACT

For details please contact-
            Divisional Forest Officer,
            Purulia Division
            Contact no.-(o)03252-222329
                             ( fax)03252-228323
                              e-mail: dfopuruliadivision@rediffmail.com
                                         dfo_puruliadivision@ yahoo.in


(Sources: Divisional Forest Officer, Purulia Division, Purulia)