Timber harvesting was done on a permit system prior to the Supreme Court ban on green felling in 1996. Thereafter, tree harvesting is done as per an approved working plan. The working scheme for timber extraction in USF areas expired in 2010. Therefore, the draft working scheme is submitted to the Government of India for approval.
Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP):
Harvesting of non timber forest produce like canes is done as per an approved working scheme. Chirouta, Laneru, Star Anise (Litchi) and bamboos are harvested from the forests after scientific assessment of their stock and prescription of sustainable quantities to be extracted very year. On the basis of such prescriptions, permits are issued by this Division for extraction.