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.




The two previous instalments of the History of the Uganda Forest Department traced its progress from its establishment in 1898 as half of the new Scientific and Forestry Department, with an expatriate staff of one and a half officers, in a Protectorate only reluctantly adopted by the British Government a few years before. During its first 30 years no clear forest policy was formulated and the poorly staffed and funded department concerned itself mainly with harvesting forest produce, concentrating on wild rubber collection, the pit-sawing of mahogany (Khaya and Entandrophragma spp.) in the Budongo Forest and of mvule (Chlorophora - Milicia excelsa) from the savanna and farmlands of Busoga, and the milling of podo (Podocarpus spp.) from the swamp forests of south Masaka, partly to meet the needs of the first world war. A start was also made on establishing fuel and pole plantations.


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