District : Chickmagalur                 

State : Karnataka

Social Forestry Division Chickmagalur.

The Social Forestry division Chikmagalur was created in 1987 with the following objectives -


The social forestry division comprises of 2 Subdivisions viz. Chikmagalur and Koppa headed by two ACFs and 6 Ranges viz. Chikmagalur, Kadur, Tarikere, Koppa, Shringeri and N R Pura. At range level there are 8 foresters, 19 forest guards and 64 motivators.  

At Ministerial level there are 1 Gazetted Manager, 1 Superintendent, 4 FDAs, 1 SDA, 1 Typist and 2 Peons and 1 driver,  



There are totally 7 vehicles including 1 Ambassodor car, 2 jeeps, 1 tata-mobile, 2 tractors and 1 lorry




The division is implementing various schemes under ZP sector, Centrally sponsored schemes and Externally aided schemes. These are  

1.  Social Forestry

2.  Soil Conservation

3.  Buildings.

4.   Eastern Plains Project funded by JBIC being implemented in Kadur and Tarikere ranges only.  



Social Forestry divisions being basically development oriented, afforestation is the main activity, taken up on mainly C&D lands, Community lands, roadsides, school and other institutional lands etc.  


The division is having 10 permanent nurseries all over the district. There are 2 in Chikmagalur taluk, 1 in Mudigere taluk, 3 in Kadur taluk, 1 in Koppa taluk, 1 in Sringeri taluk and 2 in NR. Pura taluk. In these nurseries seedlings for departmental planting as well as distribution to the people are being raised.  

Type of Plantations  

1.Fuel-wood plantations with Acacia auriculiformis, Casuarina etc.  

2.Miscellaneous plantations with locally available species viz. Mahagani, Halasu, Hebbalsu, Nelli, Ficus sp, Nandi, Beete, Cashew,  Bamboo etc.  

3.Cane plantations In NR Pura, Koppa and Shringeri ranges cane planting has been taken up in old Acacia plantations. All the  above areas are natural cane areas.  

4. Roadside plantations:  with miscellaneous tall seedlings.    

5. Institutional plantations:  In Schools & hospitals etc.,  


Raising of seedlings for planting on private lands and their distribution to people is another very important function. Seedlings distributed to the people.    


    The division has made efforts to involve local people in planning and managing forestry resources.  In this regard over the last 3 years total 25 village Forest Committees have been made and registered.  In all these villages Microplan has been prepared after conducting detailed discussions with villagers.   


INFORMATION CENTRES.   Two Information Centres - one at Kadur and another at Soutikere, NR Pura are set up. Whereas the first one at Kadur has been furnished with diverse forest related information, In Soutikere the building is ready and has to be furnished with such information. These Forest information Centres are going to be the areas where school children and interested people can visit and get to know forests better. Information will be displayed by means of charts, wall paintings, models and wild life trophies etc.


ARBORETUM   A Natural forest area adjoining to the Forest Information Centre at Soutikere is being developed as an arboretum where children and people can get a feel of the forest. They can have a walk in the forest, and identify main species. A number of plants of medicinal importance have been planted. Big paragola has been constructed and small fishpond developed.  

 The idea is to develop these areas into picnic spots where children and people can enjoy themselves besides getting to know the forests better.  

For any further information please contact:-

Deputy Conservator of Forests,

Social Forestry Division,

Chickmagalur, 577 101.


Phone : 0826 -238806 / 238807