Many forest officers and frontline staff of Karnataka Forest Department have been awarded for their exemplary courage, dedication and sacrifice for the cause of forest and wildlife protection. Some of these awards are bestowed by the Central or State Government and some are instituted by private trusts or Non-Governmental Organizations. The Government of Karnataka in the Year 2017 instituted the Chief Minister award for forest officers and staff for recognizing extra-ordinary achievements in the field of Forest protection and development. In addition to this, the major awards received by forest officers/staff include Keerti Chakra Award, Elephant Warrior Award, Indira Priyadarshini Vruksha Mitra Award and Marappa Memorial Trust Award etc.,
Forest Officer and field staff need to stay mentally and physically fit to be able to discharge their duties and responsibilities. Hence the Karnataka Forest department encourages its officers and staff to take part in sports activities. At the National level, annual sports meet are being held to inculcate sportmanship and to motivate forest officers and staff to remain physically fit. All the State Forest Department, organisation under MOEF & CC such as Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Indian council for Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), SFS Academy etc., take part in the National Forest Sports Meet. Karnataka has been one of the top performers in Natiional Forest Sports Meet in the year 2019-20, Karnataka bagged 2nd position by winning 52 Gold, 34 Silver, 42 Bronze Medals.