Forest Protection

Initiatives taken for protection of forest in the State

  • The detail picture of Forest Protection Units in the State is reflected below.

Number of Units Number of Forest Divisions Number of Wildlife Divisions Total
Number of Division 37 14 51
Number of Ranges 223 70 293
Number of Sections 827 241 1068
Number of Beats 3082 699 3781
  • Each Division, Range, Section and Beat is manned by Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Ranger, Forester and Forest Guard respectively.
  • There are two APR units deployed in Khordha Forest Division to assist forest staff in protection activities.
  • In total, 199 Forest Check Gates have been set up for checking of vehicles and prevention of smuggling of forest produce on transit.
  • 213 Fire Protection Squads have been constituted under State CAMPA APO 2020-21 involving 2130 number of local youths @1 squad per Range (each squad of 10 persons) in 37 Territorial Divisions of the State for forest fire prevention and control activities.
  • Each Forest Range has been provided one hired vehicle under State CAMPA APO 2020-21 for movement of Field staff and Fire Fighting Protection Squads for forest fire prevention and control activities.
  • During the year 2020-21 under State CAMPA APO 2020-21, 19500 Km of forest Fire Line have been maintained for prevention of forest fire in different Forest Divisions of State.
  • 32 Forest Protection Squads have been constituted under State CAMPA Scheme involving 320 numbers of local youths respectively for forest protection activities in different Territorial Divisions of the State.
  • 37 Fire Protection Squads have been constituted under Centrally Sponsored Scheme involving 370 numbers of local youths respectively for forest fire protection activities in 37 Forest Divisions of the State.
  • During the year 2020-21, under Forest Fire Prevention and Management - Centrally Sponsored Scheme 4727 Km of forest Fire Line have been created for prevention of forest fire in different Forest Divisions of the State.
  • 590 numbers of VHF stations and 880 number of Walkie-Talkies are in operation in the State for strengthening communication network to be used for monitoring protection activities.
  • The details of year wise offence cases detected with timber and vehicles seized for the last 5 years are given below (upto December 2020):

Year Offence Cases Detected (In No.) Offenders Involved (In No.) Timber Seized Quantity (In Cum.) Vehicles Seized (In No.)
2016-17 65228 51180 1915 1280
2017-18 66493 60353 7952 530
2018-19 63105 47130 5397 411
2019-20 59460 41310 3673 358
2020-21 37271 30992 4887 704
  • The Orissa Forest Act, 1972 has been amended as "The Orissa Forest (Amendment) Act, 2010", wherein the compounding fee has been enhanced from Rs.100/- to Rs.5,000/-..
  • 25 Forest Guards and 4 Foresters have been recruited to assist Odisha Special Striking Force engaged for protection of Berbera and Dhuanali forests.

Rewards to Informers and Forest Officials

  • Rewards are being given to informers, staff, public etc in cash as per "Reward for Detection of Forest Offence Rules, 2004" to encourage them to cooperate in forest protection activities. During 2020-21 an amount of Rs.33, 31,898/- has been provided to different Divisional Forest Officers towards reward amount to the informers.