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Research & Training

The Forest Research Wing is headed by Chief Conservator of Forests (Training & Development), Cuttack.  Its present administrative set up:

Two Silvicultural Divisions namely Bhubaneswar and Rayagada are doing Tree improvement Programme, Adaptive Research and Silvicultural Studies. There are 14 Research Gardens and 3 Hi-tech Nurseries under Bhubaneswar Silviculture Division and 9 Research Gardens and 1 Hi-tech Nursery are under Rayagada Research Division at different agro climatic zones. 

RESEARCH

1. Research Infrastructure:
The details of research infrastructure:

Sl No

Item

Bhubaneswar

Rayagada

Total

No Area (Ha) No Area (Ha) No Area (Ha)
1 Preservation plot

13

530.04

4

156.50

17

686.54

2

Sample plot (area approx)

18

18.00

17

14.00

35

32.00

3

Seed production areas

62

728.70

12

58.42

74

787.12

4

Seed Orchard (CSO/ CMG/ SSO etc)

15

339.90

8

127.50

23

467.40

5

Plus Tree

258

 

78

 

336

 

6

Research Stations/ Gardens*

11

384.20

9

430.30

20

814.50

7

Hi-Tech Nursery

3

383.00

1

150.00

4

533.00

8

Other Nursery (approx)

6

30.00

4

25.00

10

55.00

2. Objectives:
Research in the Forestry sector addresses the following aspects:

  • Floristic & Biodiversity Survey & its documentation in preservation Plot.
  • Growth & yield study in Sample Plot.
  • Genetic improvement of High Value Species
  • Production of genetically superior seeds, its Study & certification
  • Creation of Seed production Area- Seed Stand, CSO, CMG (VMG), SSO.
  • Provenance trials of selected species.
  • Adaptive and applied Research
    • Nursery & planting Technique of High value species & endangered species.
    • Sustainable Forest Management.
    • Forest Resource Accounting.
    • NTFP
    • Silvicultural & Management technique
    • Eco-restoration of Degraded Forest & waste land
    • Management of Eco-fragile area – Mangrove, Coast, Mines Spoil, Bald Hills etc.
  • Process Standardization for Production of Quality Planting Materials (QPM)


3. Activities:
The project activities include:

  • Tropical Pine: To meet demand of Pulpwood and Fuel wood, experiments on induction of 25 exotic species of tropical pines were carried out in Koraput and Kandhamal Districts. Comparative studies of their growth behaviour and adaptability to different agro-climatic zone were taken up in 1980. Already Pinus kesiya, Pinus caribaea, Pinus oocarpa trees have attained average height of 24 m. and girth of 2.5 m. after establishing successfully.
  • Introduction of new species of Eucalyptus: Extension studies were conducted at Kalinga and Joshipur for 67 different species of Eucalyptus since 1977 in different climatic zones. Out of these 5 species have been found to be suitable for Odisha,viz (1) Eucalyptus hybrid (2) Eucalyptus citriodora (3) Eucalyptus camaldulensis (4) Eucalyptus teretricornis (5) Eucalyptus torreliana.
  • Exotic Acacia species: Field trial of a number of exotic Acacia species have been conducted in different research stations at Balukhanda and Pattanaikia. Out of these species Acacia auriculoformis and Acacia mangium are found to be suitable for Odisha climatic condition.
  • NTFP species:
  • Collection of Quality Seeds:
  • Production of Quality Planting Materials (Q.P.M.).
  • Production of Seedlings for Increasing Green Cover in the State:
  • Clonal MultiplicationGarden:
  • Germ Plasm Bank:


TRAINING

Training to Forest Personnel in the rank of Forest Guard, Forester & Forest Range Officer of the department is imparted at four different institutions of the Sate under administrative control of Development Circle headed by Chief Conservator of forests, Training & Development, Cuttack. Its present administrative set up:

1. Training Courses:
Training is one of the important aspects of human resource development. The following training courses are imparted in all the institutions under Development Circle.
(i) Induction Course: Training after initial recruitment of the forest personnel, so that they can serve as per professional need of the Department according to their cadre.
(ii) Refresher Course: It includes in–service training on specific modules imparted to forest personnel of several ranks and also ministerial staffs at intervals throughout the year. These are designed to upgrade their skills and orient them to new practices and job requirement.

2. Training Institutions:
The followings are the training institutions in the state:

  • Odisha Forest Rangers College, Angul
  • Mooney Forest Guard School, Angul
  • Nicholson Forester Training School, Champua.
  • Forester Training School, G. Udayagiri.
  • Forester Training School, Bhabaneswar.


3. Induction Training Duration
The induction training duration for Forest Ranger is 2 years, one year for Foresters and 6 months for Forest Guards.

4. Institutional Capacity
The capacity of training institution of the State is given below along with proposed expansion.

Institution

Year of establishment

Forest Personnel trained

Present
Capacity

1. OFRC, Angul

1979

Forest Ranger

40

2. Mooney Forest Guard School, Angul

1957

Forest Guard

80

3. NFTS, Champua

1928

Forester

40

4. FTS, G.Udayagiri

1981

Forester

40

5. FTS,Bhubaneswar

1982

Forester

40


a. Odisha Forest Rangers' College, Angul.
It is headed by Director in the rank of Conservator of Forest and supported with faculty members, trainers in the rank of Deputy Conservator of Forests, ACFs, and Forest Rangers. Till 2013–14 the following trainees have passed out:

Induction Course

Refresher Course

Rank

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

DFO

ACF

Ranger

Dy.
Ranger

Forester

FG

Min.
Staff

Total

Forest
Ranger

15

417

110

19

119

504

53

632

538

835

2700

Forester

19

686

Forest
Guard

95

7161

Total

129

8264

Odisha Forest Rangers College, Angul & Mooney Forest Guard School, Angul are situated in the same campus of area about 31 Acres. It has one administrative & one academic building, 1 Gents Hostel, 1 Ladies Hostel, 1 Range Officers Hostel, 2 Play Grounds and accommodation facilities for Staff and faculty.

b. Nicholson Forester School, Champua:
The Nicholson Forest Training School, Champua is one of the oldest training schools for Foresters in eastern India. This was established by Late Dr.H.F Mooney, IFS for providing training to Foresters. It is headed by a Deputy Conservator of Forests. Till 2013–14 the following numbers of trainees have successfully completed the course.

Induction Course

Refresher Course

Rank

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

Dy. Ranger

Forester

Total

Forester

82

2103

1

2

17

19

Forest Guard

3

132

Total

85

2235

The Nicholson Forester School, Champua is established in an area of 7.66 Acre and is having an old & small administrative building, one academic building consisting of one Hall, one hostel for about 35–40 capacity, one residential building for DCF.

c. Forester Training School, G. Udayagiri.
Forester Training School, G. Udayagiri was established in 1981 for providing training to Forester & Forest Guards. It is headed by a Deputy Conservator of Forests. It is situated in a campus having area of about 11.5 Acre. Till 2013-14 the following numbers of trainees have passed out:

Rank

Induction Course

Refresher Course*

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

Forester

19

515

17

513

Forest Guard

14

450

Total

33

965

d. Forester Training School, Bhubaneswar:
The Forester Training School, Bhubaneswar was established in 1982 for imparting training for Forester. It is headed by a Deputy Conservator of Forests. Till 2013-14 the following trainees have passed out:

Rank

Induction Course

Refresher Course

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

No. of Course

No. of Trainees

ACF

RO

Dy. Ranger

Fr

FG

Total

Forester/
VFW/ FEO/ Tech Assistant

9

354

10

19

17

36

59

135

266

Forest Guard

6

197

Total

15

551