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|
|Ambala||2||35||< 1||< 1||9||46|