Forest Department in Uttarakhand is responsible for managing some of the richest forests and biodiversity in India . These are spread over a landscape that includes plains where the tall Sal trees and myriad other plant species hold sway. Tigers, Elephants, Deer, Antelopes, King Cobras, Pythons, a large number of bird species, amongst so many other animal species, inhabit these forests, bush and grasslands. The Himalayas to the north of the plains country are covered with the green of pines, cedar, fir, oaks etc. and during part of the year, blushes of rhododendrons cover the slopes of our hills. Above the tree line are found the grasslands, locally called bugyals , and beyond them the perpetual snows rise way beyond 25000 feet above mean sea level. Wildlife like Leopards, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, many wild fowls, are some of the representatives of rich wildlife inhabiting these forests. The mighty, crystal clear rivers and lakes that have a rich aquatic biodiversity including some of the best game fishes of the World including the trouts and the magnificent Mahseer.
The Forest Department of Uttarakhand is one of the oldest in India with a history of forestry reaching back by about 150 years into the middle of the nineteenth century. This historical depth and experience is an enabling factor in competently managing the climatic, geographical and genetic variety of forests and wildlife.
Shri.Rajinder Kumar Mahajan, IFS, is the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Spl. PCCFs, Additional PCCFs and Chief Conservators of Forests (CCFs) assist the PCCF (Head of Forest Force) in his technical and administrative work.
The Chief Conservators of Forests (CCFs) or Conservators of Forests (CFs) as the case may be, are in the administrative charge of forest circles or special circles and are responsible within their respective areas for the general direction and supervision of all forest works, control of establishment, expenditure, sales and supplies and general management of forests.
The Conservator of Forests Wildlife management is responsible for implementing the program of wildlife conservation sponsored by the State or Central government and deals with the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, zoos etc.,
The Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) are responsible for the general management and protection of forests situated in their division. He/She administers the division under his charge, supervises the execution of all forest works and exercises direct control over the forest establishment. He is assisted by a SDO.
The Department is organized into territorial entities starting from beat which is the smallest. The hierarchy of territorial entities and officials who head these is given below.