IJSRP, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2014 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Devendra Sharma, Komal Chandrakar, Daneshver Kumar Verma, K.C. Yadav
The continuous dependency of man on fuel wood and service wood results in serious degradation of the forest in Kanker forest division. A study on the consumption trends of fuel wood & their impact on forest were carried out in Chivranj & Ichchhapur village of Kanker forest division of Chhattisgarh, and its rural environs. Results show that the villagers of Kanker are highly dependent on fuel wood for cooking purpose. In tribal village fuel wood are sold in the form of wood lots which contains about 20-30 kg fuel wood & averagely pricing about Rs. 110/ lots. Price value of these fuel woods varies from Rs. 20-30 according to their traders & fuel wood species. The rural population works under the community forest policy, but illegal harvesting in natural forests is indiscriminate and results in severe environmental degradation. This paper calls for some basic recommendations & guideline on sustainable management of these fuel woods & for reducing pressure on fuel wood consumption.