As per the policy of the Govt., Timber extraction works were transferred to the corporation in a phased manner and the Corporation took over the complete working of the Govt. Forests w.e.f. 25.01.1983.
The Corporation has been working only salvage lots comprising of dry, diseased, uprooted and damaged trees, handed over to it by the HP Forest Department for working. On an average, app. 3.00 Lac m3 standing volume is being felled and converted every year by the Corporation, which is sold in auction through at the Sale Depots and also supplied to the Govt. Departments, non-right-holders, small scale industries etc.
The work of felling and conversion of timber is done by professionally trained labour and its carriage to roadside depots is done either by manual labour or by ropeways and in some cases, where possible, through waterways. All these works are done through Labour Supply Mates under the direct supervision of the Corporation staff.
The Corporation has 5 Sale Depots at Nurpur, Mantaruwala, Parwanoo, Bhadroya and Dhanotu from where Govt. timber and timber from private lots is sold by auction.
The Corporation is also working the khair trees from Govt. Lots as well as selling other miscellaneous forest produce like pulpwood and Fuel Wood.
NATIONALIZATION OF PRIVATE TIMBER:
The HP Govt. promulgated H.P. Forest produce (Regulation of Trade) Act, 1982 whereby even forest produce standing on private land has to be sold only through the Corporation. In pursuance thereof annually, about 8000 m3 timber standing volume belonging to private owners is being handled by the Forest Corporation.
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