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Forests provide the basic life support system to all the living beings of mother earth including mankind. Forest ecosystems provide fresh air, water resources, fertile soil for sustenance of agriculture, bio-diversity, climate change mitigation and numerous other ecosystem services. Vast sections of rural society, including a majority of the tribals, are directly dependent on forests for their livelihood. The Karnataka Forest Department has the primary mandate of protecting the forests and wildlife, conserving the rich biodiversity of the state and ensuring that the ecological balance of the forest eco-systems is maintained. The Department is headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Head of Forest Force(HOFF). The Department presently has a total working strength of around 8000 executive personnel including Indian Forest Service Officers and officers/ field staff of various cadres. The total recorded forest area of the State is 43,382 sq. km. The State has a network of Protected Areas with 5 Tiger Reserves, 30 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 15 Conservation Reserves and 1 Community Reserve. The work carried out by the Department can be broadly classified into the following categories: regulatory, protection, conservation and sustainable management. As part of the regulatory functions, the department enforces provisions of various legislations such as Karnataka Forest Act 1963, Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Forest (Conservation) Act 1980, Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act 1976, etc. and corresponding rules. Protection functions include, boundary consolidation, protection of forest areas from encroachment, illicit-felling, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict, undertaking fire prevention and control measures etc. The conservation functions include taking up of plantation works, soil-moisture conservation and watershed development works for water security, conservation of rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species and conducting awareness activities to sensitize all sections of the society on the importance of forests, wildlife and biodiversity. In territorial areas, the department is also involved in sustainable extraction and marketing of timber and other forest produce as per the specifications of the Working Plans. The Department is also engaged on a large scale in promoting agro-forestry through incentivization to support farmer’s income.

  • Shri . B . S. Yediyurappa
    Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
  • Shri . Aravind Limbavali
    Hon'ble Forest Minister of Karnataka
  • Dr . Sandeep Dave, IAS
    Additional Chief Secretary, FEE
  • Shri. Sanjai Mohan, IFS
    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force (HoFF)
  • Shri. Sanjay S Bijjur, IFS
    Principal Secretary (Forests)

News & Updates

Common Sanctioned Scheduled Rates 2021-22

Regarding Selling of Seedlings to the Commercial Organizations at Production cost

Revised list of items & norms of assistance from SDRF/NDRF

Regarding revising the Exgratia for Cattle death due to Wild animals attack

Regarding recruiting IT consultants at ICT for a period of One year

Regarding posting RFO trainees for 6 months OJT after completing 18 months Induction Training at Coimbatore

e-Parihara ,an e-initiative is qualified for the SKOCH 2020 Semi Final

e-Evaluation, an e-initiative is qualified for the ʼSKOCH 2020ʼ Semi Final

Guidelines to contain COVID-19 transmission dated 27-04-2021

Final Seniority List of Assistant Conservator of Forests from 27.04.1978 to 31.12.2019 dated 22-04-2021

Draft Seniority List of Gazetted Manager Hyderabad Karnataka Region from 27-04-1978 to 31-12-2019

Draft Seniority List of Gazetted Manager from 27-04-1978 to 31-12-2019

Draft Seniority List of Administrative Assistant Hyderabad Karnataka Region from 27-04-1978 to 31-12-2019

Draft Seniority List of Administrative Assistant from 27-04-1978 to 31-12-2019

Draft seniority list of Superintendent from 27-04-1978 to 31-12-2019

Regarding arranging of dates for e-auction of Timber & other forest products in various Govt timber Depots for the calendar year 2021 Dated: 25-02-21

Final Seniority List of Stenographers from 27.04.1978 to 31.12.2019

Regarding Cauvery calling project

Karnataka Forest News Dec 2020

CSSR 2020-21

Release of Tiger Census 2018 Report, New Delhi

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