Protecting Forests a Man’s Job? These 38 Women Foresters Take up the Challenge

A total of 150 candidates were selected for a six-month induction training for the post of Forester in Tamil Nadu.

According to V. Thirunavukarasu, Chief Conservator of Forests and Additional Director, Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, Coimbatore, a total of 150 candidates were selected for a six-month induction training for the post of Forester.

Out of these, only 126 joined the training. However, the good news is that 38 of them were women. These 38 foresters, along with the others, will now protect our forests and its resources.

According to The Hindu, 50 recruits were trained at the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy in Coimbatore while 77 recruits were trained at Tamil Nadu Forestry College at Vaigai Dam in Theni district. They’ve all been placed in 12 forest circles.

Four women foresters – Pradeepa (Talamalai), Suriya (Thukkkanaikkenpalayam), Shanmugavadivu Hassanur) and Kanimozhi (Sathyamangalam range) – have been appointed in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve – a very sensitive forest range.

They were said to be very enthusiastic and hardworking women, who are ready to take up any challenge and succeed in it.

Picture for representation only. Source: Koshy Koshy/Flickr

This move will set an example to other women looking into working in the forest department. These foresters will plant saplings, patrol, control watchers, monitor programmes and prevent poaching among other tasks, reports the publication.

The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve connects the Western and Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu, and has a large population of tiger, elephants, leopards, black bucks and other wildlife, reports The Hindu.

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