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PART- VI: JK Forest Deptt knows that 15998.64 hectares of its land has been encroached yet helpless!

1351 sq kms of dense forest degraded in between 2001-2003 *As per the law, only dry trees can be cut and we have banned the export of high quality timber outside the State. But the demand of the timber even within the State is increasing every day, making people break the laws. *Every year, fire in the Government timber depots has become common resulting in huge losses to the State exchequer. Ajmer Alam Wani JAMMU, AUG 29: The Jammu and Kashmir State which is known world wide for its natural beauty has already lost more than 13 per cent of its forest area since partition of the country in 1947. The total forest area of Jammu and KashmirState, is 20230 sq km of which the Kashmir region has 8128 sq kms, Jammu region 12066 sq kms and the Ladakh region has 36 sq kms. According to Forest Report 2003 issued by Forest Survey of India, forest cover was 24214 sq kms which is less than the 2001 assessment. The Forest Department in its report has admitted that 1351 sq km…