Field trip to Puliebadze forest

24th Sept 2013

Pulie Badze

Puliebadze forest shares a part of Mt.Japfu (second highest peak in Nagaland) mountain range,a habitat for some rare and endangered Avi Fauna species like Blyth’s Tragopan–tragopanblythii and Dark Rumped Swift –apusacuticaudaand designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA)
The forest is important not only for environmental aspects and flora and fauna, but also serves as catchment area for water recharge and gather the needs of Kohima town. Apart of this forest (facing east) is jointly managed by the Community and Forest department

A trip to Puliebadze forest offers an experience to feel and see forest wealth, forest biodiversity and scenic beauty. On interaction with Community and Forest official, one may diagnose forest management from community perspective and forest department perspective especially in JFM area. Also one can have a comparative view of other community managed forest area and government supported forest area.

The name ‘Puliebadze’ is associated with a legend and also a strategic site during World War –II. From the view point at the peak with an altitude ofabout 2400msl, one can see three faces of east, north and west watershed. Also a view of Kohima town and surrounding villages

Possible threat:

  • Forest being so near to Kohima town, there may be encroachment problem, possible pressure on NTFP extraction by town dwellers and may be a threat to birds and animal from hunters
  • Construction of road (ongoing) deep inside the forest by community may lead to exploitation of other forest products

# Field itinerary (tentative):

  • 0800 Hrs : Depart Kohima
  • 0930 Hrs : Tea at forest rest camp / View point at peak
  • 1000 Hrs : Interaction with community + forest official
  • 1130 Hrs : Short trek to forest
  • 1330 Hrs :Lunch at peak/rest camp
  • 1430 Hrs :Proceed to Kohima
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