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State Forest Department came into existence in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in 1881 when J. C. Mc. Donald was appointed the first ever Conservator of Forests of the state. He started the process of consolidation and demarcation of forests. In 1923, H. L. Wright was appointed as the first Chief Conservator of Forests. Scientific forest management and reorganization of Forest Department took place during this period and all forests of the state were brought under the purview of working plans.
Prime contribution of natural forests is towards maintenance of ecological balance, conservation of bio-diversity, regulation of hydrological regime, promotion of soil and water conservation, climate regulation, carbon sequestration and nutrient recycling. Forests of the state are renowned the world over for their scenic charm and aesthetics. These also contribute directly or indirectly for sustaining agriculture, horticulture, animal and sheep husbandry, fisheries, water supply, power generation, industry, herbal medicines and tourism.

 
GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Jammu and Kashmir has a geographic area of 101387 Sq. Kms. It lies between Latitude 32°17’ and 37°05’ North and longitude 72°31’ and 80°20’ East. The State is divided into three geographic regions viz. Ladakh, Kashmir Valley and Jammu. The higher regions are covered by Pir Panjal, Karakoram and inner Himalayan ranges of mountains. The important river systems of the State are the Chenab, the Tawi and the Jhelum.
 
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 Selection List of Forest Guards Udhampur

 Selection List of Forest Guards Ramban

 Selection List of Forest Guards Kishtwar

 Selection List of Forest Guards Rajouri

 Selection List of Forest Guards Doda

 Selection List of Forest Guards Poonch

 Notice regarding SSRB selected Forest Guards

 G.O. No.111-FST of 2014 dt. 10.03.2014 Cabinet Decision No.31.03.2014 dt 08.02.2014 Use of Forest Land for non-forestry purposes

 F.O. No.82 of 2014 dated 04.03.2014 reg. transfer and postings of Inchrage Range Officers

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