Journal History

The Indian Forester, started its career as the outcome of a resolution of the forestry conference held at Allahabad in January 1874. The moving spirits in this venture were dedicated foresters like Baden–Powell, Laird, Gamble and Smythies under the able guidance of Dr. Brandis who was the then Inspector General of Forests, with Dr. Schlich as the first honorary editor of The Indian Forester.

The credit for the success of the journal goes to stalwarts like Sir D. Brandis, Schlich, Pearson, Ribbentrop, Gamble, Wroughten, Lace, Wilmot, and other dedicated foresters. After independence, officers like S.K. Seth, R.C. Ghosh and many other illustrious officers continued the tradition.

We have also compiled the research articles published in Indian Forester in last 129 years and have put this useful and valuable data on CDs with searching and browsing applications for the benefit of scientists, researchers, officers in the field, and those who are interested.

The Indian Forester, a pioneer in forestry journalism had the good fortune of witnessing the flowering and seeding of some of the gregariously phenomena of biological classification of plantations to a grand scale. With regard to rhizome of the great tasks performed by the founder and the journal a preview of  history of The Indian Forester is as :

Sir Dietrich Brandis (The Founder): Sir Dietrich Brandis was born in April 1st, 1824, at Bonn, being the son of Dr. Christian Brandis, Professor of Philosophy in the University of that place. He was educated at the universities of Copenhagen, Gottingen and Bonn. In 1849, he established himself as "Privatdocent" in Botany at Bonn. While he thus started his life as a Botanist, during his botanical excursions his attention was soon turned to questions connected with the management of forests.

From 1856 to 1862 Brandis worked indefatigably to bring the forests of Burma under systematic management. During these years a great conflict raged between the merchants of Burma and the Government, the former maintaining that the supply of teak timber from the forests was inexhaustible, and that, therefore State interference was unnecessary.