PirPanjal Forest Division

Mission, vision, objectives, citizen charter

The Pir Panjal Forest Division is headed by the Divisional Forest Officer with its headquarter at Karipora, Budgam. The present Pir Panjal Forest Division comprises four Ranges, Viz. 1) Doodganga Range with its headquarter at Chadoora 2) Raithan Range with its headquarter at Raithan 3) Sukhnag Range with its headquarter at Arizal and 4) Soil Conservation Range with its headquarter at Budgam, which include 17 Territorial Forest Blocks, 14 Non-territorial Forest Blocks and 5 Soil Conservation Blocks.

Besides above four Ranges, one Control Room is functional at Budgam under the charge of Range Officer Control Room Budgam, created with the view to combat timber smuggling and to deal other important forest protection matters.

The Forest Division is situated between 33֯ 42’ and 33֯ 58’ North Latitude and 74֯ 24’ East Longitude occupying an area of about 480.19 Sq. Kms.

The subjects Objectives, assigned to the department contains; Protection of Forest land, Conservation, Development of National Forests, expanding forest and tree cover, cultivation of medicinal plants and tree species on forest lands. The department achieves all its objectives by taking up various afforestation and reforestation activities during the planting seasons.

Organisational /Functional setup and directory


Organisational Setup


Constitutional, legal and administrative frameworks

The Forest Department issues about two hundred Acts, Rules Gazette Notifications, Statutory Orders, important Judicial Pronouncements, Notifications, Handbooks, Guidelines, Instructions, Compendium of Circulars etc. every year and all of them are uploaded on the official Website of Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department, and every single of them is being implemented by this Division in letter and spirit.

Plans, programmes, schemes and projects

Centrally Sponsored Scheme: Green India Mission, are meant to Rehabilitate the degraded Forests, Maintenance of Pasture and Grazing lands, scrubs, enhancement of Forest cover and Promotion of Socio-economic activities.

State sponsored scheme; State CAPEX, Rehabilitation of degraded forests (RDF), JK Greening Mission, Eviction of encroached area. Internal monitoring committees being framed from time to time.

CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority), are meant to promote afforestation and regeneration activities as a way of compensating for forest land diverted to non-forest uses, Rehabilitation of degraded Forests and prevention of forest fire.

Services offered

Timber (Under Kashmir Notice) to residents living in and around forest areas / vicinities. Firewood to the Mosques, Gurduwaras, Imam Bargahs (Mohram Supply). Free of cost plants to various institutions as well as govt. Offices and on sale @13.50/- (fixed by the department) to locals for planting in private lands. Registration of Saw Mills, Planners, Sale Depots for poor carpenters deriving their livelihood for both imported as well as local timber.

Publications and reports

Publications and reports are issued by the office of Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K and can be accessed through the official website of Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department i.e.


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Notice Board

The department has implemented Forest Rights Act – 2006 and constituted the Forest Rights Committees under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

The tenders for fencing works are invited through the official website of Jammu and Kashmir for tenders i.e.

Gem portal website ( is being used as a platform to procure goods for the department.

FAQ and Help

Q. Procedure to get the Licence of Sale Depot?

A. To get the Sale Depot Licence issued, one is asked to submit his Application addressed to the Divisional Forest Officer alongwith Site Plan, Geo-referencial Map, Intikhab / rent deed.