The importance of forest is now being realized in the backdrop of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecological and environmental imbalance. Thus, throughout the world, forestry is gaining importance as a subject of general interest and many universities have recommended it as a core subject in their curricula. Keeping this in view, this textbook Introductory Forestry has been written for the undergraduate students of agriculture as per the latest ICAR syllabus. The book has been divided into eight chapters covering major aspects of forestry including definitions of basic terms related to forestry, forest classification, Indian forest policies, forest regeneration, tending operations, forest mensuration, agroforestry and cultivation practices of some multipurpose tree species.
Dr Alok Kumar Patra has about 25 years of experience in research and teaching at UG and PG level on agroforestry and agrometeorology. Presently he is working as Professor (Agronomy) in the All India Coordinated Research Project on Integrated Farming Systems, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar- 751003, Odisha.
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Chapter 1 Forests and Forestry
Chapter 2 Status of Indian Forests
Chapter 3 Forest Regeneration
Chapter 4 Silvicultural Systems
Chapter 5 Tending
Chapter 6 Forest Mensuration
Chapter 7 Agroforestry
Chapter 8 Cultivation Practices of Selected Multipurpose