Since its creation in 1973 the erstwhile Southern (Churachandpur) Forest Division has been committed inits role as protector and manager of the richnatural resources of Churachandpur District. The forest areas under the Division had been scientifically managed through the Working Plan. The task had been a challenging one, with all the intricacies that one has to deal with in a multi-cultural society that dominates the working and functioning of the people in the District. The Division had toiled unceasingly to achieve the various targets set by both the Central and State Governments through myriads of schemes. The trend has continued through time with the exception that most schemes are now implemented through the people or with people’s participation.
The division does its best to raise awareness on environmental issues plaguing the District. This is carried out through celebration of many important Days throughout the year. Some of the relevant celebrations and achievements for the year 2017-18 are listed as follows:
World Forestry Day, 2017
World Forestry Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of March and in 2017 the day was celebrated at Thanlon Village with the theme “Forest and Energy”. It is a celebration of forests and provide a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. The occasion was attended by many students and villagers. This was aimed at reaching the mass in the remote villages who are traditional jhumias and hunters who derive their sustenance from the forest and its produces.
One-Day Sensitization Programme on Implications of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
An important act with respect to forest areas is the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 which is an act for the conservation of forests and matters related to diversion of forest area for non-forestry purposes. The Act affects many organisations and workings of developmental agencies.With this in mind, the Southern Forest Division organised a One-Day Sensitization Programme on Implications of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 at Dorcas Mini Conference Hall on the 25th of March, 2017. The technical session was taken up by Shri A. Bonbirdhwaja Singh, IFS (retd.) and attended by many District Level Officers and Village Chiefs.
World Environment Day: 5th June, 2017
World Environment was celebrated on the 5th of June with the theme “Connecting People to Nature”. A plantation programme was organised at Tribal Martyr’s Park, Khuga Dam Site near Mata Village imploring the people to connect with nature and understand the importance of nature for our survival.