A History of the Uganda Forest Department 1951–1965

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This volume, compiled by two former members of Uganda’s forestry department, provides both a historical record and a bank of authoritative experience for those involved in forestry and land management today. Many of the situations the authors describe are still faced by today’s foresters, and valuable lessons can be learned from the experiences of the l950s and early 1960s. For example the shortage of saw-timber is accelerating and ways of meeting this deficit are still being considered. Encroachment and the costly demarcation of boundaries are a continuing headache. The preparation of management plans, the training of staff and the advantages and problems of devolution of management responsibilities to local governments remain of central importance. Those involved with similar concerns in other tropical countries will also find this book invaluable.



Fire Protection and Pest Control

In accordance with Government policy, all savanna forest reserves were early burnt in 1951 except the Kaduku reserve in Bunyoro where a Tsetse Control late-burn was permitted. A carefully controlled burn of the Lakure valley in the Imatong mountains in Acholi was carried out in 1952 which was reported to have had the desired effect of dissuading game from retreating there in the dry season. In spite of the intensity of the 1952/53 drought, the stream flow was not unduly lowered.


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