Forestry of Rajasthan


Rajasthan is blessed with great variety of natural resources ranging from scanty vegetation in the western arid region to mixed delicious and sub-tropical evergreen forests in the east and south east of Aravali ranges.

Forest cover is 32744.49 is reserved, 18222 Protected Forest 2046.75 is unclassified forest) which is about 9.57% of the total area of the state.

Area wise the districs with decreasing forest cover are:- Udaipur>Baran>Alwar>Sirohi>Bundi

According the vegetation the forests of Rajasthan are devided into 9 sub-types:-

  • Dhol Forests:- covers about 60 % of the forest area, Mainly located in the South-eastern parts of Aravali hills between 270 m to 770 m. Major species are Dhol and babul.
  • Kattha Forests:- covers about 3 % of the forest area and located in South-eastern regions of the state.
  • Salar Forests:- covers about 5 % of the forest area and located in upper ridges of Aravali. Major species are Salar, Kalayana, Gondla and Ber.
  • Dhak Forests :- covers badly drained clay soil forest and occupies foot hills and depressions.
  • Bamboo Forests :-covers about 2.5  % of the forest area and located in Chittorgah,kota,Udaipur and Abu regions of the state. It occurs as  pure patches in depressions.
  • Teak Forests :- located in Southern and South-eastern regions of the state.
  • Mixed miscellaneous Forests covers about 20 % of the forest area and located in South-eastern regions of the state in the districts of Bundi, Sirohi, Kota, Udaipur and Chittorgarh.
  • Sub-Tropical Evergreen Forests located about 30 sq km around the Mt. Abu at an elevation of 1000m to 1300m where the rainfall is 150 cm.
  • Thorn Forests are located in arid areas of noth western regions of the state covering the districts of Nagaur,Pali,Sikar,JhunjhunuAjmer,Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.



Various forest products obtained from forests of Rajasthan are:-

  • Gums and Regins
  • Tan and Dyes
  • Oil seeds and Oil yielding plants
  • Essential oil bearing plants
  • Species providing fibres and flosses
  • Edible product species.


Programmes for development and preservation of Forests:-

  • Plantation of trees in pasture lands
  • Van Mahotsav
  • Harit Rajasthan Yojna
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