5 Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

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3:00 pm 13 Oct, 2014


Agriculture is one of the main industries and we are primarily a nation of farmers. Land has been the most prized possession of the citizens living in the rural India since centuries. Besides agriculture, forest covers also play a major role in the lives of somany. They provide us with wood, timber, gum, resin, and so many other things. They also provide us protection against floods, prevent erosion and also are homes for so many wild animals and birds.

If you compare India to the rest of the world, then it features in the list of top ten countries with the maximum forest cover at 24% of its total area. Some of the densest forests in the world are still found here. The criterion for comparing forests cover state wise will be based on criterions like scrub cover, tree cover, the amount of land covered by mangroves and trees that are outside the forest. This survey is usually done with the help of a satellite. Let’s have a look at states that the list for having the maximum forest cover, in India.

5. Orissa

Orissa is at the position number five by having 5.03 million hectares covered under forests. The state has been taking constructive steps to increase this area every year.

The forests here are rich in flora and fauna, they are flourishing well in the tropical climate and the coast on one side.

Famous reserves in the state:

  • Chandaka Elephnat Reserve
  • Satkosia TTiger Reserve
  • Simplipal National Park

Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

4. Maharashtra

The Forest Survey Conducted in 2014 has stated that the total forest cover of the state stands at 5.06 million hectares. That is a huge jump from the figure of 4.68 million that was recorded in the survey conducted in 2007.

The state was earlier on the fifth spot, but their green efforts have promoted it to one spot high. The famous Western Ghats have been declared an UNESCO Heritage Site.

Famous reserves in the state:

  • Tadoba Andhari  Tiger project
  • Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary

Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

3. Chhatisgarh

Chhatisgarh might be small in comparison to the other states, but the forest cover here is 5.6 million hectares.

What is alarming and worrying the environmentalists is the fact that the figure has not grown at all since the 2007 survey.


Famous reserves in the state:

  • Indrāvati Tiger Reserve
  • Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve

Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

2. Arunachal Pradesh

The state has a rich diversity when it comes to forest cover and different kinds of plants and animals are found there. The forest cover of the state is 6.73 million hectares and it continues to hold the second position since 2007.

But an alarm has been sounded in all circles since the cover has decreased from an earlier figure of 6.8 million hectares.

Famous reserves in the state:

  • Pakhui Tiger reserve
  • Namdapha National Park

Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

1. Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh holds the top spot when it comes to states with the largest forest cover. The figure is an impressive 7.75 million hectares.

And what’s even more commendable is the fact that the figured has actually increased from a previous figure of 7.64 million hectares.

Famous reserves in the state:

  • Kanha National park
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

Indian States That Have The Densest Forest Cover

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