Uttarakhand Forestry Training Academy (UFTA) is one of the premier Institutions under Uttarakhand Forest Department, with a distinction of imparting wide array of training to wide spectrum of candidates. It was established in 1979 as a part of Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.
Since its inception, UFTA has accomplished milestones of enormous magnitude and is ranked amongst the top Forestry Training Institutes of India. Under the management of Uttarakhand Forest Department, the UFTA imparts induction training to Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards. It also offers annual and quarterly courses to frontline staff, forest corporation employees, and van panchayat members. It is ideally located at Haldwani, which has train and bus connectivity to other cities like Dehradun, Delhi etc.
The administration of the academy is headed by an officer of the Indian Forest Services (IFS), of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF). Number of Deputy Directors, both from Indian Forest Services as well as Provincial Forest Service, and Assistant Directors serve under him for the smooth functioning of administrative as well as academic works of the academy. Apart from these, academy has some other faculty members for imparting training to the trainees. Team of clerical staff, Range Officers, Foresters and Forest Guards carry out other day to day functions of the academy.
The institute has outstanding and sprawling infrastructure with large administrative and academic block, guest houses, student hostels, mess, library, playground, interpretation center etc. The library of UFTA is its big asset with an extensive collection of books. The administrative and teaching staff resides in the campus itself, offering student a robust and sound technical and academic support round the clock. The UFTA administration ensures the availability of high end sophisticated gadgets for the training purpose so that the students are accustomed to prevalent use of technologies in their fields.
UFTA plays an important role in helping Uttarakhand Forest Department fulfill its objectives by training the ground level staff in all aspects of forestry including forest protection, wildlife conservation and management, laws and regulations, silvicultural practices, soil and water conservation, environmental conservation, forest engineering and mensuration, community forestry, sustainable use of NTFP as well as weapons training, self defense training, regular physical training, outdoor activities like hiking, swimming etc. Not only this, candidates are trained in emerging tools and technologies like RS-GIS, GPS etc. along with basic and advanced computer skills.