Abhilash Damodaran, IFS
2007, Himachal Pradesh
Abhilash Damodaran is a graduate in Forestry from the College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala. During the course of B.Sc. Forestry, he developed a passion for forests, wildlife and allied natural resources. This resulted in extensive travelling to various forests and Protected Areas of Kerala and South India and he achieved proficiency in phytosociological and ecological studies of tropical wet evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests, Myristica freshwater swamps, mangrove forests, shola forests and several sacred groves in the Western Ghats landscape. After graduation, he did short-term assignments at Periyar Tiger Reserve, Biodiversity Cell, Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala Forest Department and Center for Environmental Studies at Amrita Deemed University, Coimbatore. After brief field assignments, he joined M.Sc. Forestry through ICAR-JRF at Forest College and Research Institute, Mettupalayam in 2005.
He got selected to the Indian Forest Service in the year 2007and was allotted Himachal Pradesh Cadre. He got posted as Dy. Conservator of Forests at Sri Renuka Ji Forest Division where he initiated and worked for the preparation of a modern working plan. He has the experience of working as Dy. Conservator of Forests (Administration) in the Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun. Thereafter, he was posted as Lecturer in Central Academy for State Forest Service, Dehradun in the year 2016.
In the Academy, he facilitates the Officer Trainees in learning Silviculture, Ecology, Forest Utilization, Watershed Management, Working Plan, Joint Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation and Management. Apart from being a Master Trainer, he has undergone several trainings in various organizations in India and abroad that includes Sweden and Malaysia. His Academic interests include Field Botany, Biodiversity Conservation, Sacred Groves and Forests - People interface while wildflower photography, blogging and travelling to wilderness areas are his hobbies. The tagline “Forestry is not a profession, but a passion” drives him!