The department was established after the reorganization of the departments in the College of Forestry, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, in November 1987. The department undertakes research in Seed Technology; Nursery Technology; Plantation Forestry; Forest Regeneration; Forest Management; Forest Productivity; Quantitative Silviculture; Remote Sensing and GIS; Agroforestry Practices and Management; Rangeland Science and Wildlife. This department has an area of approximately 300 ha out of the total 538 ha of land available with the university. The research funding is mainly through externally funded research projects on Silviculture and Agroforestry through Government and private agencies, viz., ICAR, CAFRI Jhansi, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Dept. of Space, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, U.K., India, State Forest Department, State Agriculture Department, and World Bank aided Kandi Project.
Department has handled 25 ad hoc projects so far since inception. Department has published over 100 research papers with NAAS ratings> 6 in leading national and international journals, over 50 book chapters, and 6 books/manuals for technology dissemination to students, farmers and entrepreneurs. The department transfers technology to users like, State Forest Department, Farmers/Orchardists and different voluntary organizations. The department in its journey of over 36 yrs has generated valuable and highly skilful human resources in the form of 231 M.Sc. and 108 Ph.D. students. The department has enrolled international students from Nepal, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, Ghana, Gambia, Zambia, etc. for postgraduate degrees.
The department offers degree programmes for:
To transfer the scientific silviculture and agroforestry techniques to the farmers, diagnose their problems, distribution of quality planting material, plantation and rehabilitation of degraded and barren lands.