Total recorded forest land in the state is 11,879 sq.km., of which 7,054 sq.km. is Reserved Forest, 3,772 sq.km. is Protected Forest and 1,053 sq.km. is Unclassed State Forest, thus constituting 13.38% of the geographical area of the state.
West Bengal Forestry has a proud past and now enters 150 years of scientific forestry. The History relates to pre independence and post-independence era. In 1840, the British colonial administration promulgated an ordinance called Crown Land (Encroachment) Ordinance. This ordinance targeted forests in Britain's Asian colonies, and vested all forests, wastes, unoccupied and uncultivated lands to the crown. The Imperial Forest Department was established in India in 1864. British state's monopoly over Indian forests was first asserted through the Indian Forest Act of 1865. This law simply established the government’s claims over forests. Sir Dietrich Brandis, who joined British Service in 1856 and Dr. Hugh Cleghorn, the man behind the mobilization of opinion leading to the introduction of systematic management in the Indian forests, were jointly appointed the first Inspectors General of Forests in India in 1864. Sir Brandis, the father of the Scientific Forestry Regime in India, continued his ground-breaking work of forestry administration in India. The Indian Forest Act, 1865, was passed by the colonial government to provide legislative back-up to the upcoming forestry regime.
The first national forest policy had been announced in 1894. During the decade of the 1950s, a new Forest Policy was formulated in 1952. The national interests of defence and industries were given priority. Read More...
Forest Department & Directorate
Minister in Charge, Forests, Government of West Bengal
Hon'ble SRI BINAY KRISHNA BARMAN
Department of Forests, West Bengal , Aranya Bhawan , Bidhan Nagar , Block -LA, No - 10A, Sector –III, Kolkata-700 106
Phone – 033 2335 – 4040 | Fax – 033 2335 – 4028 | Email Id :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Forests, Government of West Bengal
SRI INDEVAR PANDEY, I.A.S.
Department of Forests,West Bengal , Aranya Bhawan , Bidhan Nagar,Block -LA , No - 10A , Sector –III, Kolkata-700 106
Phone – 033 2335 – 4030 | Fax – 033 2335 – 4020
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, (Head of Forest Force), Government of West Bengal
SRI NARENDRA KUMAR PANDEY, I.F.S.
Directorate of Forests,West Bengal , Aranya Bhawan , Bidhan Nagar,Block -LA , No - 10A , Sector –III, Kolkata-700 106
Phone – 033 2335 - 7751 033 2335 - 8581 033 2335 - 8580 | Fax – 033 2335 – 8756 | Email Id :- email@example.com