Haryana is one of the states in the country having least forest area in the country primarily due to the fact that it has almost 81% of its area under agriculture. With only 7.16 percent of its area under forest and tree cover, our prime endeavour at the Forest Department will be to preserve and to increase the forest and tree cover in the State, for conserving the bio-diversity for ecological sustainability and environmental services, through sustainable management of forests and plantations. The role of forests and trees in providing services to humans has further become significant as they combat the adverse effects of the climate change through carbon sequestration and climate amelioration.
With this bio-geographical background about the status of forests in Haryana, our leadership goals include advancing strategic policy objectives of the Forests Department to increase the forest and tree cover to 10% sustaining and managing the State’s forests through applying scientific knowledge; delivering benefits to the public and excelling as a high performing Department.
One of the main priorities this year will be the implementations of the School Children Plantation Drive launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Jal Shakti Abhiyan launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister. During the current year, a planting target of 3 Crore seedlings will be achieved by raising plantation on forest land, Panchayat land, Institutional land and farmer land etc. We appeal to all citizens to contribute in making this plantation drive a great success.
Special emphasis is being given to Soil and Moisture Conservation works in the hills to conserve water and deliver it to adjacent farmlands for increasing their productivity and enhancing incomes. Herbal Parks have been developed in every district to bring people closer to the natural ecosystem. This will help the people adopt environment friendly attitudes in their lives. Oxy-Vans will be developed in each District and Nagar Vans are also being developed in Urban Areas. With an aim to conserve the bio-diversity of the State, Panchwati plantations will be done in each villages. To achieve these goals, the team of officers in the Forest Department will remain committed to implement various schemes of the Government in a systematic way and in time bound manner.