Welcome to the website of Forest, Ecology and Environment Department
The Forest Department came into existence in Jammu and Kashmir in 1881 when JC McDonell was appointed the first ever Conservator of Forests of Jammu and Kashmir. He started the process of consolidation and demarcation of forests. In 1923, H L Wright was appointed as the first Chief Conservator of Forests.
The department is charged with the responsibility of Protection of Forest Land, Protection, Conservation & development of Natural Forests, Expanding Forest & Tree Cover, supply of Timber & Other Wood Based Produce, Management of Concessions, Meeting Domestic Fodder & Firewood Requirements, Cultivation of medicinal plants & tree species on non-forest lands & pvt lands, Handling, processing, transportation & marketing of medicinal plants and related product, Biodiversity Conservation in natural forests and habitats, conserving the rich genetic resource base of the UT, Participatory Forest Management and Forestry Extension, Revenue Generation, Forestry Research Development of Infrastructure and Human Resources, Resolution of Inter-Sectoral Conflicts for Forests.