District : Chickmagalur
State : Karnataka
Social Forestry division Chikmagalur was created in 1987 with the following
To maintain the Ecological balance by
increasing forested area as per the National Forest Policy
To decrease Soil erosion by carrying
out afforestation in Watershed areas
To carry out afforestation in
non-forest areas to meet the requirement of people for fuel wood, small
timber, canes, minor forest produce & fodder etc.
To raise seedlings to be distributed
to people in order to bring non-governmental lands under trees and to reduce
their dependence on forests for their day-to-day requirements.
The social forestry division comprises of 2 Subdivisions viz.
Chikmagalur and Koppa headed by two ACFs and 6 Ranges viz. Chikmagalur, Kadur,
Tarikere, Koppa, Shringeri and N R Pura. At range level there are 8 foresters,
19 forest guards and 64 motivators.
At Ministerial level there are 1 Gazetted Manager, 1 Superintendent, 4
FDAs, 1 SDA, 1 Typist and 2 Peons and 1 driver,
There are totally 7 vehicles including 1 Ambassodor car, 2 jeeps, 1 tata-mobile, 2 tractors and 1 lorry
SCHEMES BEING IMPLEMENTED
The division is implementing various
schemes under ZP sector, Centrally sponsored schemes and Externally aided
schemes. These are
Eastern Plains Project funded by JBIC being implemented in
Kadur and Tarikere ranges only.
WORKS BEING CARRIED OUT
Forestry divisions being basically development oriented, afforestation is the
main activity, taken up on mainly C&D lands, Community lands, roadsides,
school and other institutional lands etc.
The division is having 10 permanent nurseries all over the district. There are 2 in
Chikmagalur taluk, 1 in Mudigere taluk, 3 in Kadur taluk, 1 in Koppa taluk, 1 in
Sringeri taluk and 2 in NR. Pura taluk. In these nurseries seedlings for
departmental planting as well as distribution to the people are being raised.
Type of Plantations
with Acacia auriculiformis, Casuarina etc.
plantations with locally
available species viz. Mahagani, Halasu, Hebbalsu, Nelli, Ficus sp, Nandi, Beete,
3.Cane plantations In
NR Pura, Koppa and Shringeri ranges cane planting has been taken up in old
Acacia plantations. All the
above areas are natural cane areas.
with miscellaneous tall seedlings.
In Schools &
DISTRIBUTION OF SEEDLINGS TO
DISTRIBUTION OF SEEDLINGS TO
Raising of seedlings for planting on private lands and their
distribution to people is another very important function. Seedlings distributed
to the people.
JOINT FORESTRY PLANNING
The division has made efforts to involve local people in planning and
managing forestry resources. In
this regard over the last 3 years total 25 village Forest Committees have been
made and registered. In all these
villages Microplan has been prepared after conducting detailed discussions with
INFORMATION CENTRES. Two Information Centres - one at Kadur and another at Soutikere, NR Pura are set up. Whereas the first one at Kadur has been furnished with diverse forest related information, In Soutikere the building is ready and has to be furnished with such information. These Forest information Centres are going to be the areas where school children and interested people can visit and get to know forests better. Information will be displayed by means of charts, wall paintings, models and wild life trophies etc.
A Natural forest area adjoining to the Forest Information Centre at
Soutikere is being developed as an arboretum where children and people can get a
feel of the forest. They can have a walk in the forest, and identify main
species. A number of plants of medicinal importance have been planted. Big
paragola has been constructed and small fishpond developed.
The idea is to develop these areas
into picnic spots where children and people can enjoy themselves besides getting
to know the forests better.
For any further information please contact:-
Deputy Conservator of Forests,
Social Forestry Division,
Chickmagalur, 577 101
0826 -238806 / 238807