- The total geographical area of Chhattisgarh is 135191 square kilometers. The total forest area is 59772 square kilometers, in which reserved forest is 25782 square kilometers, protected forests are 24,036 square kilometers and unclassified forest is 9954 square kilometers. Approximately 44.21 percent of the geographical area of Chhattisgarh is covered by forests. In the state forest reserve, 43.13% of the forest area is reserved forest, 40.21% is protected forest and the remaining % includes unclassified forest. Chhattisgarh is ranked third in the country in terms of forest cover.
- After reorganization of districts in the state, forest divisions have been restructured and resulting total 34 forest divisions. In the Raipur circle, Raipur, east Raipur and Udnti division has restructured & Raipur, Balodabajar and Gariaband Forest division is constituted. In the Durg Circle, Durg and balod division is constituted after restructuring of Durg division. In the Bilaspur circle, Marwahi, Bilaspur and Mungeli division has formed after restructuring of Bilaspur & Marwahi division. In the Surguja circle, Ambikapur, Balrampur and Surajpur division has formed after restructuring of Eastern Surguja, North surguja & South Surguja.
Government of India has approved working plan for the 34 forest divisions to maintain scientific management of the state forest. Working plan is a Scientific method of any division of forests for exploitation/Felling approved by the Government of India.
Working plan of division is executed by the senior level forest officer (CF level officer) and the tenure is for 10 years. Revision of working plan is started before the end of 3 years of working plan, so that the new working plan could be applied after the time period expires.