GUWAHATI, March 2 � According to the 2011 survey of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), about 39.27 per cent of the geographical area of Assam has forest and tree cover. As per the 1988 Forest Policy Guidelines of the country, the forest cover should be there on 33 per cent of the total land area of the country.
This was revealed by Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain in reply to a question from Phanibhusan Choudhury (AGP) in State Assembly today.
In reply to a question from Keshav Mahanta, the Minister said that the density of tigers in Kaziranga National Park was highest in the country. This has been found with the help of the feedback received from the cameras installed in the National Park, he said.
In reply to Choudhury�s question, Hussain also informed that around 330385.42 hectares of the reserved forest areas of the State are under encroachment. Golaghat Division has the largest size of 80, 975 hectares of land area under encroachment. It is followed by the Sonitpur East Division with 41,500 hectares of land, the Minister said.