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Tree Patta [GO No. FEE 50 FAP 2000 dated: 19/6/2002]

Introduction

This Scheme is for protection, development and management of trees on roadsides, canal banks and other similar areas including urban areas and provides for sharing of forest produce between the beneficiaries/members/institutions and Forest Department.

The main features of the scheme and conditions stipulated are as follows:

  1. Trees raised on roadsides and canal banks in the custody of the Forest department maintained for three or more years outside legally constituted or proposed forests are available for this purpose.
  2. It is proposed to grant “Tree Pattas” to the adjoining landholders both in rural and urban areas
  3. In rural areas, if no private lands abut trees eligible for Tree Patta Scheme or if no individual is willing to avail of the facility of “Tree Patta”, the VFC shall be given the responsibility of managing the same. In case the VFC is also no willing, the Forest Department shall maintain the trees. In Urban areas, if individuals are not willing to avail of the scheme, the Forest Department will manage.
  4. A nominal rent of Rs. 10/- per tree (one time payment) for slow growing species like Hunse, Ippe, Mavu, Nerale, Ala, Arali, Honge, Bevu, Bage, Sisoo, Halasu etc shall be charged from the Tree Patta holdere/VFC.
  5. A nominal rent of Rs. 5/- per tree (one time payment) for fast growing species like Nilagiri, Survey, Acacia, etc shall be charged from the Tree Patta holder/VFC.
  6. In case of rural areas, the RFO will send the list of probable Tree Patta holders to the ACF after consulting the land owning department/ agency, Panchayat Chairperson and VFC Chairperson. The ACF will issue Tree Patta certificate under intimation to the DCF. In case of urban areas, the RFO will send the list of probable Tree Patta holders to the ACF after consulting land owning department/agency and Tree warden(s), if available and the ACF will issue Tree Patta certificate under intimation to the DCF.
  7. Usufructs and NTFP/fruits from the trees shall be enjoyed by the Tree Patta holder free of cost provided he maintains the trees at his own cost.
  8. The trees shall not be cut except with prior permission of the concerned DCF in writing. The felling permission shall be in accordance with the local and silvicultural requirements. Upon such permission being granted the produce shall be shared between the Tree Patta holder and the Government in the ratio of 75:25. The grant of permission will also be subject to the Tree Patta holder’s agreeing to replant the area and in the manner agreed upon between him and the concerned DCF.
  9. The trees will be enumerated, listed and handed over to the Tree Patta holder under this scheme.
  10. All disputes relating to grant or implementation of the “Tree Patta” scheme shall be referred to the DCF of the concerned division, whose decision thereon shall be final and binding on the Tree Patta holder/VFC.

Sharing of forest products

Out of the trees which are in the custody of Karnataka Forest Department (KFD), beneficiaries/members/ institutions under the scheme are entitled to 100% usufructs. The final harvest shall be shared in the ratio of 75:25 between the beneficiaries/members/institutions and the Government.


 
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