Forest Management

Working Plans

Introduction

Forestry management in India as well as in Gujarat has passed through various phases. The National Forest Policy of 1988 has recognized the importance of managing our forests on silvicultural principles commensurate with the societal and environmental concerns. It also mentions that no forest be permitted to work without the government approved management plan in a prescribed format. Para 4.3.2 of the National Forest Policy clearly states :

“No forest should be permitted to be worked without the Government having approved the management plan, which should be in a prescribed format and in keeping with the National Forest Policy. The Central Government should issue necessary guidelines to the State Governments in this regard and monitor compliance.”

According to National Working Plan Code, Working Plan is a tool for scientific forest management. It is very useful for evaluating the status of forest resource of a division, assessing the impact of past management practices and deciding about suitable management interventions for future. Periodical up-dating and revision of Working Plans is essential to keep pace with the trends emerging out of forest–people interface and to address other national and international obligations. The preparation of Working Plan is a highly technical and time-framed scheduled operation. The preparation of the Working Plan is based on stock maps which is prepared through ground surveys. Recently, the use of modern tools like remote sensing, GIS & GPS is being done for preparing the forest cover maps of divisions. Every Working Plan includes the area-specific scientific prescriptions for proper management of forests of a particular forest division. Accordingly, the working circles, felling series, and annual coupe area computations are done for the plan period for implementation of the Working Plan prescriptions.

Status of Working Plans in Gujarat state

Gujarat state is situated along the western coast of the country with a total geographical area of 1,96,024 sq km having only 9.8% designated forest lands, divided by the Tropic of Cancer. The forests of Gujarat consist of four major types, namely (1) Tropical Moist Deciduous, (2) Tropical Dry Deciduous, (3) Littoral and Swamp and (4) Northern Tropical Thorny Forests. Most of the forest area is confined mainly in the districts of Valsad, Dangs, Vyara, Rajpipla, Chhotaudepur, Baria, Godhra, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Junagadh and Kachchh. Mangrove forests are mainly found in Jamnagar and Kachchh districts.

For forestry management purpose, the forests of the State are divided into 20 territorial forest divisions and 2 forest sub-divisions and these are covered under 14 approved Working Plans (as shown in the Statement). Total forest area covered under the management of Working Plans 16,14,326 ha. All of these Working Plans have basically been formulated for improving conservation and development of forest resources of the state. Clear-felling of forest area is not included in any of these plans. Much higher emphasis has been given to conservation, people’s involvement for regeneration of forests, increasing the NTFP outputs, bio-diversity conservation, medicinal plants, etc.

Sr. No.Name of Working PlanPrepared ByPeriodFrom – toName of DivisionsCovered Total Area (ha)
1DangsAnoop Shukla201997-1998 to 2016-20171
2
Dangs North
Dangs South
108162
2VyaraA.K.Verma201999-2000 to 2018-20193Vyara98615
3RajpiplaD.K.Sharma Being revised by Dr Jaipal Singh101994-1995 to 2004-20054
5
Rajpipla East
Rajpipla West
188885
4ChhotaudepurRakesh Agrawal102003- 04 to 2012-20136Chhotaudepur80614
5PanchmahalsRakesh Agrawal101998-1999 to 2007-20087
8
Godhra
Baria
231795
6GandhinagarR.D.Kamboj102002-2003 to 2011-20129Gandhinagar11263
7SabarkanthaA.P.Singh102003-2004 to 2012-201310
11
Sabarkantha (North)
Sabarkantha (South)
126894
8BanaskanthaDr.A.K.Varshney102004-2005 to 2013-201412Banaskantha & Patan Sub-Divn160351
9JunagadhM.V.Parmar102004-2005 to 2013-201413Junagadh & Porbandar Sub-Divn38164
10BhavnagarR.D.Kamboj102002-2003 to 2011-201214Bhavnagar38852
11JamnagarD.B.Ande101999-2000 to 2008-200915Jamnagar77135
12SurendranagarR.K.Sugoor102004-2005 to 2013-201416Surendranagar50143
13KutchD.B.Ande102003-2004 to 2012-201317
18
Kutch East
Kutch West
284842
14ValsadU.D.Singh102004-2005 to 2013-201419
20
Valsad South
Valsad North
118611

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