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Basic Statistics

 Forest and Tree Cover in the State as per India State Forest Report, 2015

Total Geographical Area(GA) 1,55,707 sq. km.
Recorded Forest Area 58,136 sq. km
Forest Cover Area 50,354 sq. km
Per Capita Forest Area (Recorded) 0.14 ha.
Per Capita Forest & Tree Cover 0.13 ha
Percentage of Forest Area (Recorded) to Geographical Area 37.34%
Percentage of Forest & Tree Cover to Geographical Area 34.9%

Forest and Tree Cover in the State

Forest Survey of India has been estimating forest and tree cover of the country biennially since 1997 on the basis of Satellite imagery interpretation. The forest & tree cover of the State in different assessment reports is as under:

India State Forest

Reports

Very Dense Dense Moderately dense Open Forest Mangrove Total Scrub Tree cover
2015* 7023   21,470 21,861 _ 50,354 4,499 3,986
2013 7042   21,298 22,007 _ 50,347 4,424 4,013
2011 7060 21,366 20,477 48,903 4,734 4,301
2009 7073 21,394 20,388 48,855 4,852 4,435
2005 538 27,656 20,180 48,374 4,743 4,589
2003 288 27,882 20,196 48,366
2001 27,972 20,866 48,838 5,782
1999 26,073 20,745 215 47,833 5,489
1997 26,101 20,629 211 46,941 5,461
* Assessment of Forest cover of the year 2013 has been published in State of Forest Report 2015 and included as a separate class since 2003 assessment report.

  • The percentage of forest cover (48,903 sq. km.) to total recorded forest area (58,136 sq. km.) of the State is 84.12 % in 2011.
  • The percentage of forest cover (50,347 sq. km.) to total recorded forest area (58,136 sq. km.) of the State is 86.6 % in 2013.
  • The forest cover in the State is 48,903 sq. km. i.e. 31.41% of its geographical area and tree cover of the State is 4301 sq. km. i.e. 2.76% of geographical area as per 2009 assessment published in India State of Forest Report, 2011.
  • The forest cover in the State is 50,347 sq. km. i.e. 32.33% of its geographical area and tree cover of the State is 4013 sq. km. i.e. 2.57% of geographical area as published in India State of Forest Report, 2013.
  • The forest cover in the State is 50,354 sq. km. i.e. 32.34% of its geographical area and tree cover of the State is 3,986 sq. km.  as published in India State of Forest Report, 2015.
  • The state has gained a rise of 48 sq. km. of forest cover over 2007 assessment. The reason for increase in the forest cover as per State of Forest Report, 2011 is mainly due to conservation measures and improvement in Scrub area owing to plantations of Bamboo and Teak species.
  • The state has gained a rise of 1444 sq. km. of forest cover over 2011 assessment. The reason for increase in the forest cover as per State of Forest Report, 2013 is mainly due to conservation initiatives and involvement of Van Surakshya Samiti.
  • The state has gained a rise of 7 sq. km. of forest cover over 2013 assessment. The reason for increase in the forest cover as per State of Forest Report, 2015 is mainly attributed to better conservation in mangroves and plantation activities.
  • The State has gained more than 3413 sq. km. area of forest cover since 1997.

Forest Area as per legal status

 Recorded Forest Area (In sq. km.)
Reserved Forest 26,329.12
DPF/PRF 11,685.68
UDPF 3,838.78
Other Forest /Revenue Forest 16,261.34
Un-classed Forest 20.55
Total  58135.47
Private Forests 12.29
Deemed Forest (DLC Forest) 2838.87

District wise Forest cover of Odisha as per ISFR,2015                                                        (Area in Sq.Km)
 District Geographical Area Very Dense Forest Mod. Dense Forest Open Forest Total Percentage of GA Change Scrub
 Angul  6375  373  1378  953 2704  42.42  2  118
 Baleshwar  3806  23  126  202  351  9.22  3  49
 Baragarh  5837  176  371  396  943  16.16  0  88
 Bhadrak  2505  0  9  62  71  2.83  9  0
 Bolangir  6575  69  222  676  967  14.71  1  243
 Boudh  3098  264  548  450  1262  40.74  -1  82
 Cuttack  3932  52  223  496  771  19.61  0  73
 Deogarh  2940  155  623  596  1374  46.73  -1  15
Dhenkanal  4452  173  415  815  1403  31.51  4  86
Gajapati  4325  85  1496  919  2500  57.8  29  260
Ganjam  8206  166  1082  847  2095  25.53  -5  660
Jagatsinghpur  1668  0  6  128  134  8.03  1  1
Jajpur 2899  6  72  219  297  10.24  1  51
Jharsuguda  2081  3  138  170  311  14.94  0  51
Kalahandi  7920  417   775  1209  2401  30.32  -6  366
Kendrapara  2644  82  86  116  284  10.74  15  5
Keonjhar  8303  290  1401  1517  3208  38.64  -3  56
 Kandhamal  8021  652  2616  2106  5374  67  3  340
 Khorda  2813  22  189  248  459  16.32  3  91
 Koraput  8807  100  720  1099  1919  21.79  -9  887
 Malkangiri  5791  159  709  1452  2320  40.06  -1  40
 Mayurbhanj  10418  1325  1708  988  4021  38.6  0  34
 Nuapada  3852  86  484  671  1241  32.22  1  129
 Nowrangpur  5291  174  449  472  1095  20.7  -30  50
 Nayagarh  3890  188  965  527  1680  43.19  -2  197
 Puri  3479  0  55  153  208  5.98  1  11
 Rayagada  7073  426  858  1838  3122  44.14  -11  290
 Sambalpur  6657  535  1725  1094  3354  50.38  -4  47
 Sonepur  2337  2  195  133  330  14.12  0  51
 Sundargarh  9712  1020  1826  1309  4155  42.78  7  128
 Grand Total  155707  7023  21470  21861  50354  32.34  7  4499