The Forest Soil & Land Reclamation (FSLR) Division was incepted as Soil Section under Silviculture Division in 1938. The Soil Section was upgraded to Forest Soils Branch and shifted to the new building, where it is now located since 1972. The Divsion is devoted to the research on physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of various forest soils. The main mandate of the Division is sustainable management of soil resources and bio rejuvenation of waste lands. The Division has 04 Scientists and 13 technical and other staff. The Division published 04 papers in International, 27 in National reviewed journals and 13 technical reports in the review period. The FSLR Division carried out 12 ICFRE funded and 04 externally funded projects in the review period. In addition, the Scientists of the FSLR Division are involved in 07 other projects of FRI in collaboration with other Divisions such as Pathology, Extension, Silviculture. The findings of the research projects are generally academic in nature The Scientists in the Division need to give highest priority to publication of their research results and reports in the journals of high impact factor in order to maintain high academic standard. Lack of sufficient number of Scientists with supporting research staff is the main constraint in the Division. There is an urgent need for posting of additional staff.
Monitoring and impact assessment of natural and plantation forests soils for sustainable productivity.
Soil diagnostics and developing technology for afforestation of degraded lands.
Geological and geomorphological studies for site improvement.
Evolving criteria and indicators for sustainable management of wastelands.
Imparting education and training in forest soils and wastelands for future needs.
Advisory and consultation for different land uses.