Forest & Environment Department
 Government of Meghalaya
 


Extent of Forests

Meghalaya is richly endowed with the forest resources. According to State of Forest  Report - 2001  published by the Forest Survey of India, extent of total forest cover in the State is 15,584 sq km which is  69.5 % of the total geographical area of the State. The following table gives break up of forest cover into dense and open forests which have been defined as forests having canopy density more than 40% and between 10-40% respectively. The scrub forests have canopy density less than 10%.

Dense Forest

    5,681.00

Open Forest

    9,903.00

Scrub

       259.00

Non Forest

    6,586.00

Total

  22,429.00

 

     


Recorded Forest Area

Forest area notified under the Assam Forest (Regulation) Act and Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act in the state are given in the following table. Administrative control of these forests, which account for 4.4% of the total geographical area of the state, rests with the State Forest Department.

Notified Forests under the Control of State Forest Department

Sl No.
1

Class of Forests
2

Area (in Sq. Km.)
3

1

Reserved Forests

713.12

2

Protected Forests

  12.39

3

National Parks (including proposed)

267.48

4

Wild life Sanctuaries

34.20

Total

1,027.19