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Forest Department

Who we are


The department is concerned about safeguarding of forest and environment resources and to enrich the biodiversity through implementation of scientific forest management practices within the ambit of policies, laws and rules in vogue. This department is primarily governing the forest as mandated by Forest laws and rules and policies of the government.
This department is working for ensuring " Green Latehar, Clean Latehar, Rich Latehar, and Strong Latehar”. To do so, the Forest Department is not only protecting and preserving forest, but also engaged in promotion of forests and the livelihoods of the forest inhabitants through active engagement of local communities.   This Department is the technical and resource agency as well as legal custodian of forest and its resources including the forest land and wild life resources of the District.



The Department was created in pursuance of the National Forest Policy and manage the forest and natural resources optimally for the benefit of the people and their environment as a whole. Forest Department is entrusted with the care and management of Forest lands and natural resources borne on such lands of the district.  

Large percentage of schedule tribes and schedule caste population of the district lives in and around the forests. They depend on forests for daily livelihood and energy requirements. The dynamics on forests - forest dweller relationship, therefore demands a shift in focus, with greater emphasis on programmes which offer sustainable employment / livelihood alternatives to forest dwellers. Effective and efficient decentralized management of forest resources through village level institutions will not only allow the rural and tribal people to meet their basic needs, it will also augment their income and thus alleviate poverty and assure future generations a green and healthy Latehar.
Latehar has 20648 hectares of reserved forest, 111736 hectares of protected forest with a total forest of 132384 hectares. The forest flora-plant species of the district includes important species like Sal, Asan, Gamhar, Karam, Harre, Bahera, Sidha, Arjuan, Sissoo, Teak. Khair, Kend, Kusum, Mahua, Piar, Palas, Semal, Salai, Bamboo, Jamun, Karanj, Imli, Mahulan, Kanod etc. Latehar district has repositories of medicinal plant species that are native to the region. There is a large number species which yield valuable minor forest produce, the important ones being tendu leaves, mahulan leaves, myrobalans etc.

The forest fauna-animal resources includes, besides lower animal forms, several species of  mphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Cheetal, Sambhar, Barking Dear, Black Buck, Gaur, Neelgai, Wild Boar, Wolf, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Hyaena, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Porcupine etc are the important mammals. The District has National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries for in situ conservation and development of wildlife. The Bethla National Park comes within the district of Latehar. The Project Tiger, Project Elephant and Mahuadanr Wolf Santuary are the national conservation projects running in this district. Therefore, the Forest Department is one of the key line departments of the district which is working for sustainable development of the district by blending the forest and other resources for the benefits of the people of the district, state and the nation.


What we do


The Department of Forest has been undertaking the following initiatives to develop and conserve the forests :
1.Enforcing Forest Act, Forest Conservation Act and Wild Life Protection act for conserving the forest and wild life in Latehar.
2.Implementing comprehensive joint Forest Management (JFM) programme for protecting, conservation and promoting forests with people's participation
3.Responsible for running of  Forest Development Agencies in all the Territorial and Wildlife divisions with the participation of the local communities.
4. Undertaking entry - point activities as an integral part of all the plantation schemes to ensure people's co - operation in forestry activities and participatory forestry project.
5. Rehabilitation of degraded forests on large scale is being undertaken.
6. Large - scale plantation of Bamboo has been taken up.  
7. To increase Lac & Tasar production, plantations of Lac & Tasar host species have been taken up. Forest Department has been made the nodal Department for the development of Lac and Tasar in the state.
8. To ensure the availability of superior quality planting stocks of timber and fruit tree species by setting up of permanent nurseries.
9. Establishment of research nurseries for grafts of Amla, Mango, Imli etc and for vegetative propagation of bamboo.
10. Conducting Forest Resources Survey and Medicinal plant survey.

Development initiative


Schemes implemented through the Forest Department
Through the Department, the following central and state government are being under implementation.

Central government schemes

Intensification of Forest Management

This scheme is aimed at intensification of forest management. The scheme is run with 75% central assistance and 25% from Jharkhand government contribution. Under this, the department is implementing development of Forest Management Information System (FMIS), improvement of infrastructure, fire protection, construction/  improvement of boundary pillars, strengthening of naka system, improvement of mobility etc are taken up.

Palamau Tiger Reserve

The Project Tiger is a centrally sponsored scheme with 50:50 basis started by the Government of India.  Palamau Tiger Reserve is spread over 1026 sq.km. The main objective of the scheme is to maintain and develop the tiger habitat so as to provide a congenial environment for healthy sustenance and breeding of tiger. There has been significant improvement in the ecology of the Tiger Reserve/ National Park as well as its tiger population since the commencement of the scheme.

Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitat

Under this scheme, the management and development of all sanctuaries (wildlife habitats) are carried out for in situ conservation of wildlife. The works include protection of habitat from illicit felling, fire, encroachment, etc. and its wildlife from poaching, management (creation/ upkeep/ up-gradation) of grassland, water holes and other infrastructure, eco-development activities, awareness generation, etc.

State Schemes
Rehabilitation of Degraded Forests

The forests get degraded due to various biotic pressures like illicit felling, grazing, fire and too much human and non-human interference in the forest ecosystem. The degraded forests have stunted tree growth along with blank areas but, generally, there is enough root stocks. These root-stocks of existing inferior vegetation are capable of growing into trees, provided they are cut back, protected and tended. Such degraded forests are taken up for rehabilitation under this scheme, wherein the existing inferior natural vegetation is cut back and tended and blank areas are planted with indigenous species. Such new rehabilitation/ plantation works will be taken up under MGNREGS.

Plantation of Quick Growing Species

This scheme aims to augment the growing stock in the degraded forests by raising quick growing species to meet the future household/ industrial/ commercial demand of timber by raising plantations of timber species, such as shisham, gamhar, teak etc. Besides that, special efforts are made to plant fruit trees and other fuel wood species. Under this scheme, now new plantation works will be taken up as part of MGNREGS.

Roadside plantations

Under this scheme, development of tourist spots through eco task force, greening of hills and roadside plantations are key activities of this scheme. This activity is aimed primarily at creation of green belts in order to provide pollution free healthy environment, development of green theme parks, plantations along the State/ National Highways and other roads such as  linear plantation, gabion plantation and in institutional premises-schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, government offices/ institutions, industrial areas, etc, and the works connected/ incidental thereto (e.g. creation and maintenance of permanent nurseries, seed orchards, etc).  Places/ spots of tourist interest such as Netrahat in the district will be developed through eco task force.

Development and Value Addition of Minor Forest Produce

Augmenting rural income of the forest inhabitants and tribes is the key focus of the scheme. Under this scheme, the Department is encouraging/facilitating the processing of Minor Forest Produces (MFPs) such as sal seeds, mahua seeds, bamboo, medicinal plants, etc. (other than kendu leaves) as well as edible fruits/ flowers (mango, jamun, kathal, mahua, etc.) for value addition by providing requisite training and equipments to primary collectors/ SHGs will be the focus of this scheme. It will be complemented by policy interventions in the form of Minimum Support Price regimes and an alternative marketing arrangement through government agencies. 

This scheme provides for raising of plantations on forest land such as bamboo, kaju, tasar-host plants, khair, lemon grass and sisal, which yield important minor forest produces. Efforts are made to help villagers get trained in value addition of raw MFPs. Sisal, which yields fibre used in manufacture of ropes for local consumption as well as for marine purposes, is capable of growing even on worst type of sites like barren and degraded hills.

Bamboo-based village/ household industries/ craft is planned to be upgraded and promoted through SHGs by imparting training in improved techniques and making available equipments initially to traditional craftsmen, the turis. Facilitating enhanced income for primary collectors (SHGs) of MFPs (other than kendu leaves) through processing for value addition by providing requisite training and equipments is also envisaged. The new plantation of sisal, lemon grass bamboo, kaju, tasar-host tree species, khair, etc. will be taken up under MGNREGS.

Development and Value Addition of lac and other Gums and Regine

Enhancing rural income by facilitating widespread cultivation of lac and value addition through processing by villagers through SHGs in lac growing areas (to be marketed through state marketing federation) will be the focus of this scheme. Lac cultivation is one of the important income generating activities for tribal families residing in areas of Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana suitable for lac cultivation.

This scheme aims at surveying plant availability, raising plantations of suitable lac-host species and to train the farmers in appropriate techniques of lac cultivation, processing and marketing. Under this scheme, cultivation of  lac host plantation on degraded forest land, rehabilitation of old lac farms for augmenting the availability of brood lac, establishment of demonstration plots for motivating and training villagers in improved lac cultivation, free distribution of lac host plants among villagers in order to promote them to grow lac hosts on their land and facilitating lac  cultivation by villagers in groups (SHGs) by way of providing inputs of training, equipments and materials, will be carried on.

Further, left out old lac farms will be taken up for rehabilitation. Works on establishment of new lac demonstration plots, facilitating lac cultivation and processing (for value addition) by villagers through SHGs in lac growing areas and training of forest officials/ other villagers are also proposed to be carried out. Such works will be taken up under MGNREGS.

Wildlife Conservation

The district has one National Park-Beta in Latehar District. Under the scheme, the management and development of these parks/ sanctuaries are carried out for in situ and ex situ conservation and development of wildlife. The works include protection of habitat from illicit felling, fire, encroachment, etc. and its wildlife from poaching, management/ upkeep/ up-gradation of grassland, water holes and other infrastructure, eco-development activities, generation of awareness, etc.

 Intensive Forest Development Programme (Fuel wood & Fodder Project)

Under this scheme, plantations of desired species, including fruit grafts, are taken up on non-forest land, such as gair-majarua land, land belonging to government institutions and raiyats/ farmers. The works on new plantations on non-forest land are also planned besides carrying out the works under on-going work programmes approved under the scheme in previous years. Further, it is proposed to help villagers form SHGs to pursue forest produce, based on clean employment collectively, train them and provide necessary equipments for improvement of their livelihood.

Forest Publicity and Public Relations

The scheme seeks to sensitize the people about the importance of forests and wildlife and to motivate them to help carry out tree plantation and protection/ conservation works. For this, seminars, workshops, discussions, meetings, talks etc. are organised in addition to celebrating Van Mahotsava, Wildlife Week, World Environment Day, World Earth Day and such other occasions. Forestry Stalls, depicting activities and achievements, are put up in Udyog Mela during State Establishment Day celebrations and other important fairs/ exhibitions. Jhankis are organised during Republic Day celebrations at District/ State level. Awards are given away for excellent works to officials and office bearers.

Who is responsible for the Forest Department?

Mr.Mitlesh Kumar Singh is the District Forest Officer of Latehar. He is assisted by A team of officials, Rangers and Foresters to carry out the above mentioned schemes. They are all accountable to DC and their parent department at the State level.







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