Ghanshyam Prasad Jhariya, C.K. Jain
Abstract: Forest comprises a unique gift of nature to human civilization and plays a significance role in the national economy of a developing country like India. Loss of forest by the increasing population and consequently increasing demands for forest based resource has been an issue of great concern in recent decades. Taking a view of the current scenario of forest resource the present study is an attempt to highlight the forest cover and access the forest resource based in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. The district is one of the major tribal dominated districts in Madhya Pradesh. According to forest survey of India there was 48.79 percent forest cover of the total geographical area of the district in 2011. The district has been facing lots of problem related to degradation of forest and passes as a severe threat to the present status of biodiversity.
Keywords: forest cover, forest resource, forest product, natural vegetation