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Indian Woods and their Uses

Nature volume 82, pages 305306 (13 January 1910) | Download Citation



THIS work is the outcome of a gradual development of research on the part of the Indian Forest Department. The foundation of the system now instituted was laid in 1883, when Dr. (now Sir Wm.) Schlich was Inspector General of Forests. He succeeded in obtaining the sanction of the Government of India and of the Secretary of State for India to the establishment of the working-plan branch of the department. Under the regulations then issued, all working plans had to be submitted to the Inspector General, who examined them and communicated his views on them to local governments. The Imperial Superintendent of Working Plans kept a record of the progress of the work by means of annual returns submitted to him by local authorities. In this way, a great store of statistics was collected, which, according to Sir Wm. Schlich's intentions, were to be made available as the work proceeded. Unfortunately, after his departure from India in 1885, little or nothing was done in this respect for about fifteen years.

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