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Status of Forest Cover in States Constituting Western Ghats as Per India State of Forest Report 2009 & 2011

New Delhi: August 29,2012

 

State

Forest Cover

(in sq. km)

Reasons for Change

2009 Assessment

2011

Assessment

Change

Maharashtra

50650

50646

-4

There is a decrease of 3 sq. km in very dense forest, 19 sq.km in moderately dense forest and an increase of 18 sq.km in open forest.

Goa

2212

2219

7

Increase in forest cover in the state is due to increase of mangrove forest and TOF.

Karnataka

36190

36194

4

There has been an increase of six sq. km in open forest and a decrease of 2 sq.km in moderately dense forest

Tamil Nadu

23551

23625

74

Regeneration in forest areas and extensive plantation activities in and outside forests. 

Kerala

17324

17300

-24

Decrease in forest cover in the state is due to rotational felling of Eucalyptus, Teak, Acacia mangium, rubber and shade bearing trees in the gardens.

Gujarat

14620

14619

-1

Decrease is due to private felling in the TOF areas.

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

211

211

0

There is zero change.

     

 

The above information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan to the Parliament. 

 
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