FOREST ADMINISTRATION :

With Nagaland attaining Statehood on 1st December 1963, the State Forest Department inherited little of the Government owned forests which existed at that time which was earlier being managed by the Assam Forest Department. Initially, Forest administration and management was placed under the charge of a Forest Officer who was headquartered at Dimapur. He was vested with the responsibilities of looking after the Forest administration of the entire State. Subsequently, a Director of Forests was posted in early 1963 with headquarters at Kohima. Later on, the post of the Director of Forests was re-designated as the Chief Conservator of Forests, Nagaland, Kohima. tragopan.

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During 1979, the Department was reorganized by splitting the single Forest Division into three (3) Territorial Forest Divisions namely, Kohima, Mokokchung and Tuensang, which has now expanded to seventeen (17) Divisions (including six functional Divisions). world's tallest rhododendron.

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Forest Types of Nagaland

wing to the decentralization and intensification of forest management which has resulted in the increase of volume of work particularly in the field of forest development, the Department has been recognized as a major department of the State and has been placed under the charge of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests who is also designated as the Head of Forest Force. According to Government of India Notification G.S.R. 502 (E) dated New Delhi the 07th, July, 2009, which amended the existing Fixation of Cadre Strength of IFS Officers of Nagaland Cadre, there is only one post of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in the State of Nagaland. The above said only post of PCCF in the State has been placed in the Apex Scale of Rs. 80,000 (fixed) by the Central Government in consultation with the Government of Nagaland, vide it?s Notification G.S.R. 503 (E) dated New Delhi the 07th, July, 2009.

At present, the Department is known as Department of Forests, Ecology, Environment & Wildlife with headquarters at Kohima.

 

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT:
  1. To produce surplus timber by the year 2020

  2. Every family to plant at least 1000 trees by 2020.

  3. Nagas' economy to be based on forest produce by 2020

  4. Every Naga family to own one car by 2030, purchased from the sale of timber.

 

OBJECTIVE/ PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT:
  1. To achieve the mandate entrusted by the Government.

  2. To achieve & disseminate the need for conservation & preservation of Forests & Environment.

  3. To achieve the National Forest Policy’s (NFP) objectives by conserving and preserving 66 % of the State’s geographical area as forest and tree cover.

  4. To produce sufficient fuel wood & timbers for meeting the rural requirement.

  5. To educate people and create awareness on the importance of environment & ecological balance.

  6. To produce sufficient timber & make the State’s economy forest based.

  7. To conserve the biological diversity of the State.

  8. To create employment opportunities in the forestry sector.

  9. To encourage people to plant trees in community & private lands & ensure preservation of forests through by partnership under JFM.

  10. To promote eco-tourism.

  11. To ensure and encourage in the State Protection, conservation & management of wildlife habitats.

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT AND CONTEXT OF ITS FORMATION

Prior to the bifurcation of the State of Nagaland from Assam on 01st December 1963, the geographical area consisting of the present whole State of Nagaland was administered by a Forest Officer with Headquarters at Dimapur. Subsequently a Director of Forests was posted in the early part of 1963 with HQ at Kohima. In 1979, the Department was re-organized by splitting the forest Administration of the State into three Forest Divisions, namely – Kohima, Mokokchung & Tuensang. Due to intensification of administration & increased quantum of works, the Forest Department was recognized as a major Department. At present the Department has been redesignated as Department of Forests, Environment, Ecology & Wildlife (FEEW) and is headed by a Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HOFF), an Officer of the Indian Forest Service (IFS).

 

DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
  1. To carry out the policies & programmes of the Government.

  2. To educate the people on the importance of conservation & preservation of forests vis-a-vis environmental degradation, global warming and climate change.

  3. To collect revenue from the extraction and transportation of forest produce.

  4. To act as custodian of the forest resources & wildlife.

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES/FUNCTIONS OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY:
  1. Controlling & regulating extraction & transportation of forest produce in the State and outside it.

  2. Collection of royalty & revenue on behalf of the State Government.

  3. Documentation of plant & animal species of the State.

  4. Production of NTFP’s including medicinal plant species.

  5. Plantation of commercial & non-commercial timber species,

  6. Preservation of Flora & Fauna of the State.

  7. Enforcing laws & regulating of Acts & rules pertaining to the Forests, wildlife and biodiversity.

  8. Educating the people on role of forests in conservation & preservation of environment.

  9. To promote eco-tourism in the State.

  10. Protection, conservation & management of wildlife & its habitats.

 

LIST OF SERVICES BEING PROVIDED BY THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY WITH A BRIEF WRITE-UP ON THEM:
  1. The Department provides assistance to the public for raising and maintaining plantations in the form of grants.

  2. The Department assists individuals and communities to upgrade their know-how and skills for the scientific management of Forests.

  3. The Department receives central assistance for afforestation in community/private land as well as government lands which is channelized to them.

  4. The Department provides technical & infrastructural support in creating awareness & including training programmes on the importance of preservation and conservation of environment & forests.

  5. The Department initiates steps to implement the Green India Mission eventually initiated in Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, as a mitigation effort against global warming and climate change.

  6. The Department controls and regulates the movement of forest produces in the State.

  7. The Department collects revenue from the extraction and transportation of forest produce on behalf of the State Government.

  8. The Department protects & conserves the flora, fauna & biodiversity of the State.

 

FOREST DEPARTMENT:

The Administrative Head of Department (AHoD) is the Commissioner & Secretary who is assisted by one Secretary, one Deputy Secretary, one Under Secretary, one Section Officer, two Junior Section Officers, two Secretariat Assistants , two LDAs, one Steno, three Typists, six Office Peons. The Department is headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests who is designated as Head of Forest Force. According to Government of India Notification G.S.R. 502 (E) dated New Delhi the 07th, July, 2009, which amends the existing Fixation of Cadre Strength, there is only one post of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) in the Nagaland State. The said only post of PCCF in the State has been placed in the Apex Scale of Rs. 80,000 (fixed) by the Central Government in consultation with the Government of Nagaland vide Notification G.S.R. 503 (E) dated New Delhi the 07th, July, 2009. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service (IFS), is assisted by two (2) Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Addl. PCCF), one of whom is posted in the PCCF & HOFF’s office and is designated as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Development and Planning) and the other is posted as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Chief Wildlife Warden with headquarters at Dimapur. They are in turn followed by six (6) Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), namely, CCF (Territorial), CCF (Headquarters), CCF (General), CCF (Environment, Biodiversity & Research), CCF (Monitoring & Evaluation) and one CCF are posted and attached in the PCCF & HOFF’s Office. Besides, these there are two (2) Conservator of Forests (CFs), namely, CF (Publicity & Training) and CF (Headquarters) and one Deputy Conservator of Forests (Headquarters) are attached to the PCCF & HOFF’s office.

 

CIRCLES:

A Territorial Circle is headed by a Conservator of Forests and the Government vide it’s Notification No. FOR.359/88, dated 18th February 1993 has designated them as Conservator of Forests, Northern Territorial Circle (CF, NTC) and Conservator of Forests, Southern Territorial Circle (CF, STC) with their headquarters at Kohima. The CF (NTC) has jurisdiction over Mon, Tuensang, Mokokchung and Zunheboto Divisions while CF (STC) has jurisdiction over Kohima, Dimapur, Phek, Wokha, Peren, Doyang Plantation Division, Wokha and Social Forestry Division, Kohima. The CCF (Territorial), in consultation with PCCF & HOFF, supervises and assists in the administration of Territorial Circles and matters related to the Divisions under the Territorial Circles.

There is a Functional Circle headed by the Conservator of Forests (Research, Planning & Utilization) with headquarters at Dimapur. The Forest Utilization Division, Dimapur, Working Plan Division, Kohima, Silviculture Division, Kohima and Director, State Environment & Forestry Training Institute (SEFTI) Dimapur work under his (CF, RPU) administrative control. The CCF (EBR), in consultation with PCCF & HOFF, supervises and assists in the administration of Functional Circle and matters related to the Divisions under Functional Circle.

Divisions under Functional Circle. In addition to the above, there are four (4) other Conservator of Forests, namely, CF (Publicity & Training) and CF (Headquarters), attached to the PCCF’s Office at Kohima and another two (2), i.e., CF (Wildlife & Biodiversity) and a CF as Field Director, Intanki National Park who are attached with the Chief Wildlife Warden’s Office at Dimapur.

 

DIVISIONS:

There are seventeen (17) Forest Divisions in the Department, of which nine (9) are Territorial, namely Mon, Tuensang, Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Kohima, Dimapur, Phek, Wokha and Peren Divisions, and six (6) are Functional Divisions which include Social Forestry Division, Working Plan Division and Silviculture Division at Kohima and the Forest Utilization Division and the State Environment and Forestry Training Institute (SEFTI) at Dimapur and the Doyang Plantation Division at Wokha. In addition to these, there are two (2) Wildlife Divisions, namely Wildlife Division Dimapur and Wildlife Division Kiphire functioning under the jurisdiction of Chief Wildlife Warden, Dimapur.

the jurisdiction of Chief Wildlife Warden, Dimapur. A Territorial Division is headed by a Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) an officer in the rank of Deputy Conservator of Forests; and Functional Divisions are also headed by Deputy Conservator of Forests; whilst Wildlife Division is headed by Wildlife Wardens (a Deputy Conservator of Forests level post). The State Environment and Forestry Training Institute (SEFTI) is headed by a Director in the rank of Deputy Conservator of Forests.

 

SANCTUARIES, NATIONAL PARKS & ZOOLOGICAL PARKS:
  1. Dimapur: Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar

  2. Kiphire: Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary

  3. Mon: Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary

  4. Peren: Intanki National Park

Information Source: nagaforest.nic.in DIPR-Basic Facts 2011 RTI Manual(nlsic.gov.in)
Updated date: 2012-10-29