Haveri forest division is located in the central sector of Karnataka state. The limits of Haveri forest division are the same as those of Haveri district. The total extent of recorded forest lands of Haveri division is 43,280 hectares which constitute about 8.97 of the geographical area of the division (4,823 Km²). The division has three sub-divisions, namely, Haveri, Hangal and Ranebennur sub-divisions, and consists of seven ranges, namely, Byadgi, Dhunshi, Hangal, Haveri Hirekerur, Ranebennur and Ranebennur (wildlife) ranges. Forests of Haveri division on the western side bordering Yellapur forest division of Uttara Kannada district are primarily of teak-bearing dry deciduous type. These forests are in fairly good condition. With the exception of these forests, most of the forests of the division are highly degraded with preponderance of thorny species There is a wildlife sanctuary, namely, Ranebennur Black Buck Sanctuary in Ranebennur taluk. It was established in the year 1974 for conservation of black bucks. It covers an area of 119 Km².