Although the corporation is a commercially oriented in nature, it has social obligation and responsibilities and involves in non commercial activities as under:
Sanitation and Salvage Operations
Forest diseases and insect damages are a major concern in protection of high forest. The forest sanitation and salvage operations in epidemic affected areas are taken up by NRDCL on the basis of operational plan prescribed by the Forest Department. Timbers are also extracted from the fire burnt areas to prevent from disease infection and rehabilitate the sites through reforestation.
The forest sanitation work involves high investment due to requirement of cable crane installation for more than one single line and construction of forest feeder roads, whereas the timber produced from such operations are found mostly defective with high cull volume.
Road constructions within the FMUs are usually planned in such a way that they pass through the villages (communities) falling within the FMUs, even when NRDCL has options to take the roads to operation areas through a more direct route at lesser costs. This is done with a twin objective of benefiting the rural communities to enhance their socio-economic opportunities and achieving the purpose of the road for timber transportation. NRDCL attaches high priority in trying to connect villages by forest roads wherever possible. From the entire forest road network established till 2006, the total of 230 km roads has directly benefited 60 villages or more. For details, please see the appendix under ‘Rural communities benefited by NRDCL Road Network’.
NRDCL provides rural timber to bonafide Bhutanese for constructional purpose at highly subsidized rates, besides allowing the selection of quality timber from the field depots. During the period from 1997-2006 the revenue loss by way of subsidy for rural timber by NRDCL is Nu. 122.000 million and loss on subsidy on royalty by Government is Nu. 25.801 million.
The k-500 yarder is being provided on trial for up-hill skidding of rural timber in difficult steep terrains. As observed now, it helps to improve the overall efficiency of the rural timber extraction and avoid damages on forest soil surfaces from traditional practices of manual dragging and rolling of logs. This technique thus provides greater opportunities by DoFPS to utilize and manage the forest resources more efficiently and effectively.