Trees on marginal lands: afforestation techniques and systems.
This book is a compilation of practical information on selecting, planting, maintaining and obtaining returns from planting trees on marginal degraded lands in India, as a means of their rehabilitation. There are 11 chapters, presented in 6 parts. Part I, 'About marginal lands', has one introductory chapter 'Prospects of marginal land', and discusses land use patterns in India, the extent of marginal lands and the aims of afforestation. Part II, 'Techniques of tree planting' has 3 chapters: Environmental considerations; Nursery technology; and Planting out. Part III, 'Systems of forestry', has 3 chapters: Agroforestry; Social forestry - including community forestry; and Forestry extension. Part IV, 'Problems and constraints', has 2 chapters: Problems/dwindling forests; and Constraints on planting trees. Part V, 'Solutions of marginal lands' has one chapter 'Policy and Programmes', and Part VI, 'Silviculture of trees' also has one chapter 'Some trees for marginal lands (brief notes)' which gives notes on 23 multipurpose tree species. There are 2 appendices, one listing some suitable tree species (with details of sowing and planting times, and planting methods), and the second listing species for different climatic zones in India (with details of their uses). A bibliography, and author and subject indexes are included.