Our forest wealth
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Our forest wealth

The Shivalik hills are characterized by tropical dry deciduous forest. Valuable timber species have been virtually extirpated. As per the FSI Report 2003, Panchkula has a forest cover of 40.53%, Ambala 2.22% and Yamunanagar 11.31%. While Panchkula recorded substantial increase (42%) in forest cover in 2003 from 2001, the other two districts have shown a decline of 13% and 24%.

The total area under forests in the State of Haryana is 155,800 hectares which constitutes 3.3% of the total geographical area. Since 1991 the area under forest has come down by approximately 0.32% from 170,200 ha to 155,800 ha. As per the National Forest Policy, any region requires 33% of the area under forest for sound ecological balance.

Table 2.10: State and private forest cover in sq km

 

State Forest

Private Forest

District

Reserved

Protected

Unclassed

Closed under Forest Act

Closed

Under Land Preservation Act

Total

Haryana state

249

1158

17

10

124

1558

Ambala

2

35

< 1

< 1

9

46

Panchkula

86

253

< 1

-

43

382

Yamunanagar

69

131

4

-

14

218

(Source: Statistical Abstract, Haryana, 2003-04)