Preparation of Working Plan of Ramnagar (UP) using Remote Sensing and GIS (1976-97)
The requirement of forest produce has increased to a greater extent with the increase of population and progress of civilization. Though the demand for forest produce is increased due to heavy pressure of increasing population, the forest area of the country does not increased, so, it needs to manage the forest more intensively under proper and scientific management scheme. Working plans are prepared considerably the condition of the forest, local demand, soil and terrain conditions and keeping in view the long term interest of the forests. The working plan should be revised periodically on the basis of existing requirements. As per existing system, preparation of working plan is a very difficult task, stock mapping showing the distribution of the most important, laborious and time conserving work in working preparation. It becomes more difficult where working plan is taken for the first time and no previous stock maps and other required data is available.
In manually prepared working plan …………….accuracy of various type boundaries are low specially in hilly areas. In hilly and difficult terrain the boundaries of different type and density classes are drawn on ocular estimation without any measurement. There are many areas in our country where no working plan has been prepared as yet.
Actual assessment of the extent of forest area and to prepare management plan in a shorten time frame can be done only through remotely sensed satellite data. The best tool of using remote sensing data is application of GIS technique. Use of GIS application for preparation of forest working plan will not only improve the accuracy of classification boundaries and area estimation but also will reduce the field work for stock mapping by about 70 to 80%.
The Forest Survey of India prepared the management plan of Ramnagar Forest Division (UP) through Application of Remote Sensing technique (GIS) using satellite data IRS-IC LISS III and PAN data in 1997 as a pilot project. The main purpose of the project was to demonstrate the capability and utility of GIS technology for operational uses in integrated planning and management at micro level. This exercise paved the way for the use of satellite data and application of GIS for preparation of management plan for the areas where working plan not yet prepared. This can also be used for preparation of strategic plans in forestry sector
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