Forest

Khatra forestry falls in the ambit of the Bankura south forest division. All together 4 beat offices fall within this forestry, viz. Khatra-I Beat, Khatra-II Beat, Keshia Beat & Mukutmonipur Beat offices. Khatra forestry, adjacent to Jangal Mahal measures 4970.82 Hectares.

The gazette published in 1908 written by L.S.S. Omalley mentions the then forest conditions of this area. According to the report of Gastrel in 1863, this area was forest clad. In comparison to the then time, the nature of forest has remained more or less the same barring a few changes in spite of the fact that the overall span of forests has diminished considerably. The predominant trees of that period ware Shal, Murga, Mohul, Kend, Sida, Kusum, Bhalai and Bahara. Wild mango trees were also there. Among herbs, Parasi, Atari kurchi, Bantulsi were worth mentioning. Wild grass was abundant. It is known from the report of L.S.S. Omalley that wild animals like Cheetah, Deer, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Bear, Leopard, Fox, Wild Cat and Porcupine were found in the forest. Though this area is dominated by Shal trees, a few medicinal plants as Terminalia catechu, Terminalia baletica, Olive have been grown artificially. Moreover, Cashew Nuts are being cultivated at some places, among which places like Bantilla, Salbani, Jitpur, Dedua, Banpukuria are worth mentioning. Akashmoni, Eucalyptus, Shal, Bamboo Gardens have been developed in beat areas of Khatra Frost division.

Some of the plantations in the forest are Kend, Simul, Sisu, Date, Palm, Babla, Palash, Sirish, Eucalyptus, Olive, Modhuca, Latifolia etc.

It has been known from the Settlement of Lands’ records from 1850 that a lot of forest areas have been converted to agricultural lands.

The primary byproduct of the forest here is the log of Shal & Eucalyptus with 5 to 15 cms. Diameter which is locally used for supporting house structure and also for extraction of water from wells. Besides, local inhabitants utilise the wood for fuel. Moreover, the timber obtained here is a raw material for paper industry.

The other ingredients comprise of Neem, Shal, Mahua seeds. The other minor byproducts are Shal Leaf, Cotton, Number of Medicinal Herbs and various types of Mushrooms.

Steps are being taken now to grow Shal, Segun, Eucalyptus, Akashmoni plantations here.

In spite of the damage of forest, many wild animals can be found now also in the forest.

Information about the wild animals procured from the local tribal villages are mentioned here under :-

  • Mammals:- Suidac, Sp, Rabbit, Fox, Wild Cat, Bat, Mongoose, Squirrel, Aonyx cinerea, Vulpes, Bengal ensis, Paradoxusus, Hermaphroditus etc.
  • Birds:- Parrot, Pigeon, Crane, Owl, Vulture, Crow, Sparrow, King Fisher etc.
  • Reptiles:- Chameleon, Cobra, Viper, Krait, Python etc.

Hill: Sonamoni Hill falling in Keshia Beat and Mashok Hill in Khatra-II GP area attract both exotic and local tourists.

Mukutmonipur, a 10 Km long earthen dam being the longest in Asia is a historical place of tourism in West Bengal.

IWMP green India Mission, Zaica are a few projects now under the patronage of Khatra forest division.

Beat Offices Information Bellow(click on link):-

1.Khatra I No Beat office

2.Khatra II No Beat Office

3.Kesia Beat office

4.mukutmanipur Beat Office