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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 . Anand Singh
    Hon'ble Forest Minister of Karnataka
  • Dr . Sandeep Dave, IAS
    Additional Chief Secretary, FEE
  • Shri . Punati Sridhar, IFS
    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force (HoFF)
  • Smt . Smita Bijjur, IFS
    Principal Secretary (Forests)

News & Updates

Wild Karnataka Movie


Karnataka Forest Department’s Social Forestry wing had organized Capacity building Training Program on Sandalwood.


Workshop was conducted on "Wildlife conservation in North Karnataka "by Zoo Authority of Karnataka in association with Karnataka Forest Department on


Visit of Hon’ble Forest Minister, Shri. C.C.Patil, to Babanagar nursery, Vijayapura on 16.01.2020.


Bird festival inauguration at Nandi Hills. Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mr Satya Pal Singh, was invited as special guest.


Street play was organized by Devanahalli Range for sensitizing public regarding forest fire


Flag hoisting by Shri. Punati Sridhar, PCCF(HOFF) on the occasion of 71st Republic Day


Butterfly and Bee festival , 2019


Certified Nature Guide training Program


Marappa award function on 21-12-2019


Sandalwood Seminar was organized on 03&04-01-2020


Health Camp at Kudremukh, 08-01-2020


Street Play at Nagarhole,09-01-2020


Moth Festival Celebrated for the First time in Karnataka


Regarding Notifying dates for Auction sales of timber and other forest produce from Govt. Timber Depots for 2019 Calender year Dated 31-12-2019.


6th Karnataka State Bird festival, 2020


Regarding Umbrella Scheme of 'Capacity Building in Forestry Sector'


Notifying dates for Auction sales of timber and other forest produce from Govt. Timber Depots for 2019 Calendar year. Dated 18-12-19.


Regarding setting of firewood retail sales in state during 2019-20


Regarding revision of rates for compensatory planting Dated:01-07-2019


Regarding method of disposal of roadside trees in non forest lands during the road laying/widening process.


National Forest Martyrs Day: 20 to 30 Lakhs Compensation – CM


Release of Tiger Census 2018 Report, New Delhi


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