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Soil characteristics in the forest patches of Jungle Mahal in WB, India

Author Affiliations

  • 119, Raj Krishna Pal Lane, Kolkata, WB, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 10, Issue (1), Pages 81-85, January,22 (2021)


Jungle Mahal is popular for its numerous forest patches and elephant corridor and is embarrassing to both the villagers and forest department regarding man-elephant conflict in and around the forest areas of south-east part of West Bengal. The forest area of the Jungle Mahal (composed of four districts and part of two districts) once is in depleting status, which is now reviving as reported by the Forest Survey of India in 2019. The probable reasons for this increasing scenario of Jungle Mahalare the impact of climate change, change of soil chemical parameters and local peoples direct participation with the forest department for forest restoration. As the study of the impact of climate change is still continuing, a pilot survey has been taken up to review the physico-chemical parameters of soil in the selected areas of Joypur and Beliatore Forest Ranges of Bankura, Lodhasuli and Mayur Jharna Elephant Reserve in Jhargram, Arabari in Paschim Medinipur, Bundowan and Garh Panchakot of Purulia, Garh Jangal and Aduria forest in Paschim Bardhaman and 11 Mile forest in the Birbhum district.Result obtained from the soil chemical analysis of the sampled soils up to rooting depth of 30 cm show status quofor the forest stands of Jungle Mahal of West Bengal.


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