Karnataka Forest Department

Karnataka, one of the Southern States of India has 4.33 Million ha of recorded forest area which is around 22.61 percent of its geographical area. Karnataka is endowed with most magnificent forests in the county ranging from majestic evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to the scrub jungles of the plains. The Western Ghats of Karnataka are one of the 25 global priority hotspots for conservation and one of the two on the Indian subcontinent. Several economically important species such as Sandalwood, Rosewood, Teak, White Cedar grow naturally in these forests. Karnataka forests endowed with rich wildlife, harbors 25 percent of the elephant population of India, 10% of the Tiger population. The sate has 5 National Parks and 21 Sanctuaries comprising about 14.8 % of total forest area as protected area for wildlife and biodiversity. The state ranks 4th among all the states and union territories in respect of area under tree cover.

Karnataka Forest Department was born on 11.1.1864 with a complement of five officers-Major Hunter as Conservator with four assistants, Lt. G.J. Van Somersen, Lt. E.W.C.H. Miller, Mr. C.A. Dobbs all assistant Conservators and Mr. Madhava Row, Sub-Assistant Conservator. This beginning was made during a period crowded with events which shaped the modern history of Mysore. During 1886 Mr. L. Rickets was appointed Inspector General of Forests in Mysore. The new Inspector General began with a reorganisation of the Department, the Deputy Commissioner being made responsible for the forest administration of the Districts and for this purpose provided with a small establishment of Rangers, foresters and Watchers. Mr. M.A. Muthanna was appointed Conservator of Forests and Ex-officio Secretary to Government from 1.11.1900. Shortly thereafter Mr. Muthanna became the head of the Department after retirement of Mr. Pigot in 1901. Mr. Muthanna held the stewardship of the Department for an unusually long spell for over 12 years and after his retirement in 1913, Mr. M.G. Rama Rao succeeded him in 1914. This coincided with the outbreak of the First World War, which had a terrific impact on Mysore Forest economy by cutting off the traditional export markets for sandalwood, Out of the 1313 tonnes of sandalwood offered for sale in 1914-15, not more than 70 tonnes could be sold. The Government decided to open their own factory for distillation of the wood. A factory in Bangalore and later, a bigger unit in Mysore proved highly successful. This was an important event since when the sale of Mysore Sandalwood for distillation has ceased. Mr. B.V. Rama Iyengar succeeded Mr. M.G. Rama Rao as Conservator in 1921. He has the largest spell of any officer in the history of the Department as its Head, retiring in 1935 after more than 14 Years. The post of Conservator was created, the designation of the head of the Department being consequently change to Chief Conservator. There was also noticeable shift of emphasis from the purely administrative to the Scientific work for the development of the forests. Mr. M. Machaya succeeded Mr. Rama Iyengar as Chief Conservator in 1935. In 1939, a few weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War, Mr. C. Abdul Jabbar succeeded Mr. Machaya as Chief Conservator. Mr. Jabbar's term of office was practically coterminus with the war, he retiring in 1945. During the decade 1946-56, the Department grew from strength to strength, expanding both in activities and income. A Silviculturist was appointed for the first time. A State Soil Conservator Board was set up and the Sandal Spike committee was revived. And, at about the end of 1956, the Central Government took over the Forest Research Laboratory to be developed as a regional Centre of Forest Research in the South.

The most significant event of the decade was, however, the birth of the new Mysore State (Karnataka State) on 1.11.1956. This brought in its wake profound changes in the Mysore forestry, with diverse and far-reaching changes. A large number of problems technical and administrative, arose as result of the integration of five district forest administrations (the old Mysore state, Bombay, Madras, Hyderabad and Coorg) having to be welded into a single unit. Forest laws, rules, systems, practices and personnel all presented difficulties. Such consolidation and unification was nearly completed in 1962.

The Administrative head of the Department is the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, who is a technical and professional adviser of the Government on forest matters. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Evaluation, Working Plan, Research and Training (EWPRT) is incharge of the Working Plan, Research and Training wing of the department. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild life) is the Chief Wildlife Warden of the state. He is responsible for the management of National Parks and Sanctuaries and all the wildlife matters of the state. For Territorial Administrative purpose of the Department, the State is divided into thirteen Territorial Circles, besides three Functional Circles namely Forest Research and Utilization Circle, Field Director (Project Tiger) and Training & Eco-Tourism.

Karnataka State Forest Department
M S Building, 4th Floor, Near-Vidhana Soudha,
Gandhi Nagar, Dr BR Ambedkar Veedhi,
Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560001
Phone Number: 080 2334 6846

Karnataka Forest Department jobs recruitment 2015-16 Details are avaible on Official Portal/Website karnatakaforest.gov.in.